Some humor

Harry Marks’ “My Valiant Return to Reading” is hilarious. Clearly making fun of some people that quit the Internet.

  • Terry Maraccini

    didn’t read it. It looked too much like work.

  • Mother Hydra

    Pretty tongue in cheek, I really enjoyed this. I really don’t know what insight Paul was hoping to glean from this self-imposed exile. It reads as self-congratulatory pablum at best. I’ve heard his exile described as navel-gazing and that rings pretty true.

  • famousringo

    It was such a ridiculous stunt, I’m glad to see somebody ridiculing it. I also look forward to The Verge shutting the fuck up about it.

  • Gee, I’m surprised at how many people took Paul’s experiment personally – so much so, that they feel compelled to berate it with lengthy parodies. Kind of reminds me of those meat-eaters who constantly make fun of vegetarians because the latter make the former feel guilty about themselves.

    Lighten up, dudes!

    • The parody was funny.

      (The implication, in case you missed it, is that your rant was not.)

      • “The parody was funny.” That really is a matter of opinion. I felt it was too long, and in that it lost its effectiveness a third of the way through.

        Oh, and in case you missed it, my “rant” wasn’t designed to be funny, but to merely relay my opinion on the subject.

  • I thought that some of the observations he had throughout the year were really great. One thing struck me in particular, about how the internet is so sort of distracting even when you’re talking to someone right in front of you. In a Top Shelf episode he said that now when someone is talking to him he gives them his full attention and doesnt let himself get distracted by his phone or whatever.

    • That kind of depends on whether you’re aware enough to not pull out your phone and be distracted by it when you’re with someone.

  • “Why I’m Leaving Comment Threads on Tech Blogs.”