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A new and disturbing phenomenon [Oct. 9th, 2009|05:07 pm]
The American Caliban
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Angry internet commenters have grown not only more numerous and angrier, but increasingly incoherent. YouTube comments in particular are so garbled that only an impressionistic haze of rage and sociopolitical obsession can be abstracted from the text.

I theorize that these comments are no longer mostly produced by humans. The mass of anonymous anger has in the last decade grown so heavy and compact that its own heat and pressure has begun to generate new comments in a kind of Chomskyan parthenogenesis, a volcanic language organ that spews semi-understandable confrontation. These almost unparseable chunks of language share key phrases and subject matter, and are uniformly infused with rage. However, they refer only to their own content and don't appear to require any communication from the outside to fuel their growth.

We are dealing with a new and troubling Internet worm; a self-replicating mechanism that attacks ideas incoherently and grows at an increasing rate.

The legendary Jerkov Chain is finally here.
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[User Picture]From: capn_jil
2009-10-10 12:37 am (UTC)
T SUBSTITUTE WHERE DOES THAT LEASVE ME AM I A ROBOT :(
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-10-10 12:40 am (UTC)
THE FIRST LAW OF ROBOTICS IS LOL WHATEVER!!!!
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[User Picture]From: capn_jil
2009-10-10 02:02 am (UTC)

THE SCOND LAW OF ROBOTSIC IS YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB

i could be king of a moron army of youtube comments just falppin out of a giant anus like bats out of mordor or whatever gay volcano was on that one dio (sabbath?meatloaf"???) album

well im home form wrok time to start drinking
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-10-10 06:36 am (UTC)

Re: THE SCOND LAW OF ROBOTSIC IS YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB

NOW I HAVE DIO'S "THE LAST IN LINE" STUCK IN MY HEAD AND WHERE ARE YOU TO FIX THIS?
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[User Picture]From: wanderingaengus
2009-10-10 01:26 am (UTC)
Is Eliza becoming Skynet?
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[User Picture]From: leolo
2009-10-10 02:22 am (UTC)
We should be so lucky.
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[User Picture]From: kniwt
2009-10-10 01:46 am (UTC)
Parthenogenesis! No one move a muscle as the dead come home.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-10-10 06:36 am (UTC)
God I love that song!
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[User Picture]From: leolo
2009-10-10 02:22 am (UTC)
"Jerkov Chain" wins the internet for this week!
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2009-10-10 04:12 am (UTC)
*trying not to wake wife with laughter*
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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2009-10-10 02:45 pm (UTC)
oh hee
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[User Picture]From: hyniof
2009-10-10 04:39 pm (UTC)
As Pogo might say:

We have met the long-awaited Artificial Intelligence, and it is us.

Mike
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