The New Yorker Takes on Commenting: Hilarity Ensues

[responsive]comments[/responsive]Those crazy kids at The New Yorker. Just when we thought they couldn’t get any more ironically and hilariously current, they come out with this:

“Welcome to the inaugural issue of Commenting Comment, the only print magazine dedicated to Internet comments and their creators,” writes Teddy Wayne. “Our staff, many of whom arrived from the now defunct Letters to the Editor Monthly, is excited to bring you the most in-depth coverage of Internet comments around.”

According to Wayne, the inaugural issue contains an in-depth story on the lives of the U.S.’s most prolific commenters, as well as a profile on the rise and fall of the Internet’s very first commenter. They promise a look at trends in commenting (too Twee?), how-tos for effective put-downs (“no” or “meh”…you decide), and walking the fine line between sarcasm and snark (yes, please.)

“Commenting on the Internet is an important, God-given right. (Bet we’re going to get a lot of blowback for using “God-given”!) It’s crucial to our democracy to give everyone a voice, especially those who use the handle PatriotEagle1776 and maintain that 9/11 was an inside job coordinated by Al Gore,” Wayne continues.

“Without such shadowy figures in libraries, their parents’ basements, and that same Starbucks table for the past nine hours to offer cogent opinions that respond to previous comments with decorum and grace, we might never have learned that Barack Obama is a Kansan socialite; that anyone who identifies as Christian is clearly a “right-wing nut job”; and that all journalists are whiny hacks or obese sluts.”

Obese sluts? Really?

“We look forward to bringing you news and analysis on everything venomous, affronted, and fractionally informed, and hope you’ll consider subscribing to the Commenting Comment Premium Digital Edition, for which comments are disabled.”

And we’ll be there, fingers twitching over our keyboards. Comments disabled. Go have yourself a chuckle and read the article.