Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston

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I have no idea what I am doing.

By 1153763124@twitter on Ask Polly: How Can I Stop Being a Shut In Once and for All?

You can also read on cultural marginality and living on the fringe, feeling terminally different. Barbara Schaetti is the author of those.

See if this starts helping you feel a lot less "I'm a freak"

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm 1

By Matt on Many of Your Favorite Bloggers are Fake

The couch is for closers.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm 2

By kingdiamond on Many of Your Favorite Bloggers are Fake


Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm 2

By Moff on The One True Comment Section

Seriously, though, has the journalism industry ever met a purveyor of bullshit snake-oil technophilosophy it didn't embrace with open arms?

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm 2

By Moff on The One True Comment Section

Having participated in a few worthwhile commenting communities (HEY YOU GUYS) — communities where commenters contribute pics and links and stories, where they track discussions and form friendships with one another, where there is relative self-policing and civility — I feel pretty comfortable submitting that the defining characteristic of all of them has been significant participation on the part of the site staff. It's good to have moderators, and it's really good to have writers who will jump in and contribute to the discussion. I mean, we know how to do this, it's been done, repeatedly, and the reason so many news outlets' comments are terrible is because they don't do it at all.

Tangentially, I've heard there are a lot of perfectly smart journalism grads who could use jobs. But LET'S SPEND THE MONEY ON SOME NEW FUCKING SOFTWARE (that does not sound notably different from Disqus or Kinja or Livefyre?), because the key to building thriving communities is definitely Computer Magic™ and not involving actual human beings.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm 5

By Lindsay Robertson on The ClickHole Paradox

I know I'm a severe outlier here, but the only way I ever (EVER) see one of the articles Clickhole is mocking is in the context of the article being implicitly mocked by the sharer her or himself. My worry with Clickhole (which I like so much that I DREAMED about it last night) is that it's nearly impossible to parody something that self-parodies so well that to even send a link without context is to mock it viciously.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:27 am 3

By jolie on Do You Have a Question for Evelyn Everlady?

@Gef the Talking Mongoose MEEEEEEEEEE TOOOOOOOOO SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (especially because I HATE the New Internet and want to support any and all attempts to bring back the old one that I loved so much.)

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm 3

By Gef the Talking Mongoose on Do You Have a Question for Evelyn Everlady?

Oh my God oh my God oh my God.

I'm so excited my typing fingers are locking up. That is all.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:25 am 6

By libmas on The Porn Innovators Of Today

This lady called for a plumber. You won't believe what happened next.

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm 3

By antarctica starts here on An Oral History Of Gawker, By Reddit

do feminism next

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm 5