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With notable exceptions, I tend to think of most internet comment sections as a kind of hell. In that scheme, YouTube comments would comprise their own circle. But, really, why get angry or upset about YouTube comments when you could simply laugh?

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Post image for 5 Ephemeral Internet Pages That Wink at Ubiquitous Popular Culture Figures and Tropes in a Way That Will Surely Amuse You and For a Moment Alleviate Your Crushing Alienation

If the title doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about this post … well, then we can’t help you …

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I was extremely pleased this afternoon when Museum Nerd tweeted the Lazy Curator Random Exhibition Title Generator. Conceived by Rebecca Uchill and programmed by Ben Guaraldi, the site, well, generates amazing exhibition titles at the click of a button.

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Post image for Digging Into the Layers of the Internet’s Past

OAKLAND, Calif. — Digital Archaeology’s icon, a pixellated flashlight, captures, in my mind, how the site works: by shining light on different corners, never quite capturing the whole.

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Post image for A Digital Artist Goes Analogue, but the Message Is Fuzzy

Sitting in the audience for the performance of Ann Hirsch’s “Playground” at the New Museum last week, two things came to mind: one, that Hirsch had managed to trick a bunch of art school kids and fans of her often web-based art into coming to a very conventional theater production; and two, that the plot of her play felt a little conservative, despite Hirsch’s larger body of work that seeks to question representations of female minds, bodies, and sexualities on the internet.

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Post image for Today, #AskAMemeMaker About the Meaning of Memes in Culture

What is a meme? How is it a part of our greater cultural dialogue? Jump on Twitter to #AskAMemeMaker today, and join in a dialogue on just how memes can be more than just internet noise.

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Post image for Vine Is the Latest, Greatest Form of Web Kitsch

By now you may have heard of Vine. If you’re on Twitter at all, you’ve definitely heard of and/or seen it. You may not have actually used Vine, but you probably will soon — it’s the newest multimedia format to hit social networks, a more complicated version of a GIF or a simplified version of a home movie.

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Today China’s biggest online food retailer, Yihaodian, announced one of the most amazingly weird plans I’ve ever heard: the company will roll out 1,000 virtual supermarkets around the country. The stores — spanning 1,200 square meters (roughly 12,900 square feet) in virtual space and stocking about 1,000 items each — will “exist” in blank city spaces, and shoppers can find and “enter” them using their smartphones and augmented reality.

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Post image for Five Art Projects That Change the Way We Browse the Web

BERKELEY, California — Whatever definition for art you hold dear, quality art often offers the viewer a chance to challenge that definition and a new means to look at the world. New perspectives are important: they disrupt our expectations, allowing for new ways of thinking, new dialogues, and new ideas. A particularly interesting genre of internet art offers the same possibility. Rather than the single URL-based work that links nowhere, works that embrace the internet’s networked structure allow us to engage and explore the internet in an entirely new way. These works give us new ways to browse.

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Post image for The Potential for Journalism in the Expanded Field

BERKELEY, California — As more of us can afford the tools historically only available to publishing houses, we have increasingly adopted them to share our stories and thoughts online. The invention of the printing press in the mid-1400s cheapened and quickened the arduous process of writing texts by hand. The cheaper the publishing, the cheaper the books, making information more accessible and creating an economic environment where more people could become publishers, creating an increasingly diverse, cheap, and accessible flow of information to an increasingly wider audience. Before the printing press books were rare and expensive, few possessed them and few could read them. The internet has expanded what the printing press started at an unprecedented degree.

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