People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, comedy writer (and interim Hairpin editor!) Michelle Markowitz tells us more about contemporary dating communications etiquette.
Swingers, 2014. (Addendum: none of my advice to guy friends has ever actually worked) pic.twitter.com/vVRYYLQjb9
— Michelle Markowitz (@michmarkowitz) August 7, 2014
Michelle! So what happened here?
One of my guy friends was telling me about a girl that he was going to ask out. He was asking if he should text her to ask when she could talk on the phone, thinking that if the phone [...]
In response to recent conversations regarding the public/private status of Internet Posts, a proposal for a framework for the sharing of Internet Posts:
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your Internet Posts, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered; anyone can do anything to your Internet Post. It can be placed in any context, including contexts which the rights holder does not like. It may be used to either glorify or humiliate its creator. It may be used to intentionally inspire threats of assault or death against its creator. Recommended [...]
People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, writer Gabe Roth tells us more about the perils of letting your preschooler pee in the park.
NY Parks cop who busted my three-year-old for peeing in the grass at a picnic: Thanks for the early lesson in the authoritarian personality!
— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) May 28, 2014
Gabe! So what happened here?
We were at Brooklyn Bridge Park, at a picnic to celebrate the end of my daughter’s first year of preschool. It was about six in the evening, just starting to cool [...]
"Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline."—Unfollowing, blocking, now muting: Twitter accommodates the full spectrum of human avoidance.
People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, writer and ThinkUp cofounder Anil Dash tells us more about how raising a kid affords one all sorts of opportunities for mischief.
There are waaay too many moments that tempt me to raise a horrible child. Anyway, my son now says "Sous vide me!" to indicate it's bathtime.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) April 19, 2014
Anil! So what happened here?
The most immediate prompt for the tweet was that my wife was talking about dyeing Easter eggs with my son—a project that they’d never done [...]
For websites meant to help us understand things, the new Explainer Sites—Vox, FiveThirtyEight, et al—are awfully disorienting. We stare them in the face and we cannot quite describe what we are looking at. Are they publications? Some sort of health food? Are they explaining the news to me, or to someone standing behind me? This is the root of the explainer backlash, to whatever extent there is one: The way these confident, assertive sites, in their quest to make us feel smart, end up making us feel like idiots.
Or wait, in true explainer spirit: Maybe we're just looking at them all wrong?
1. What is Twitter?
Twitter is a website.
2. What is a website?
The collective plural of content.
3. What is content?
A unit of website.