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Last year, Deadspin’s Greg Howard called odious conservative blogger Chuck Johnson a “clowntroll,” a portmanteau of “clown” and “troll” that gets at both how Johnson says irresponsibly provocative things for the sake of attention and is completely ridiculous and absurd while doing it. This description also applies to a certain Republican presidential candidate/noted Worst Person […]

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New York is famous for its gruff personalities and many subcultures. What do these voices sound like online, where they are anonymized and unfiltered? For a sampling, we’ve ranked the notorious comment sections of ten NYC-centric websites from worst to best. (Racists, it turns out, have many places to go.) Honorable mention goes to the […]

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“Come at me faggots.” That’s how 19-year-old Mary Bond invited 4chan’s infamous /b/ board to join in an insightful critique of her art project autodissociate.me. “Been a long time since good camgirl thread,” an anonymous poster replied. This might seem like a pretty sad way to start a conversation, but it’s just par for the course […]

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Shashank Tripathi, the man who, through his @ComfortablySmug Twitter handle, created and spread loads of false information about Hurricane Sandy during a time of panic for New York City, has posted a public apology online, and resigned as the campaign manager for New York congressional candidate Christopher Wight. Tripathi touts his own apology as “sincere, humble, […]

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Last night, a Twitter user named @ComfortablySmug invented and spread several pieces of false information about Hurricane Sandy via Twitter, including the widespread rumor that there was flooding at the New York Stock Exchange. @ComfortablySmug has a sizable internet following–he was once profiled by New York mag for his prolific commenting on their site–but has always operated […]

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Why dudes need to tell other dudes to stop making asses of themselves on the internet. […]

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Yesterday, Reddit took to semi-intellectual debating of the Yale Art Dept site (don’t click if allergic to pulsating html messes, though it’s milder now). Key points: it’s a Wiki, so all Yale-ians can edit it troll-style, it hurts your eyes and it’s a work of art… […]

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