Nuanced Media Exhaustion

Have you ever won­dered what it would be like to live two years spend­ing all — and I lit­er­al­ly mean all — of your free time screw­ing around on the web? Well, I guess I should real­ly do an AMA on the Read It web­site because that’s me! I real­ized last night how ridicu­lous it was to allow this blog to be indexed by search engines, so I added a moth­er­fuckin bypass request to the god­damned robots.txt! That makes you super “sus” for read­ing this, but I guess you get this exclu­sivebehind-the-scenes pre-release of the front cov­er on Extra­tone Magazine’s first issue. Though I am now a Cer­ti­fied Gimp Poweruser and I spent a long time on this, it’s pret­ty fuckin bad. I do think we should do our best to com­pile a print release of all the best stuff from the past two years some time in the near future, and I’m now pret­ty sure that I should get some­body else to do the cov­er…

I’ve decid­ed that Vice’s Moth­er­board and Way­point are tied for Extra­tone’s #1 com­peti­tor and they’re uhhh… def­i­nite­ly win­ning — Laugh, Out Loud — yet I don’t envy them at all, if I’m com­plete­ly hon­est: video games are cool and long­form game reviews are incred­i­ble, but they’ve nev­er had an audi­ence, real­ly, so the two jus­ti­fy their respec­tive exis­tences as Vice prop­er­ties by their quaint, inter­net cul­ture-inspired overuse of the terms “boys” and “sons.” Regard­less, my bum-fuck­ing led to an inter­view that def­i­nite­ly fuck­ing belongs on Drycast with Angela Nagle — author of Kill All Normies.

Yeah… Holy shit. What a supreme­ly rel­e­vant con­ver­sa­tion to just stum­ble upon, fuckin’ around on Apple Pod­casts (no lie.) I am actu­al­ly oblig­at­ed to read and review this book — it’s like a text­book for the niche online cul­ture we had to watch turn a lot of our proxy com­mu­ni­ties culture2WWDC 1999o shit in high school. The last time I heard/used the term “normie,” it in no way belonged to Read It or 4 Chan­nel nazis… just ani­me Twit­ter NEETs. (Yes, I know they over­lap, but jeez.)

I can reli­ably vouch for pink hair as a 100% accu­rate mark­er for a cul­tur­al marx­ist. Any­way, I’d now like to wel­come you to the 1999 World Wide Developer’s Con­fer­ence. Look at those type­faces! Why can’t we go back to that?