Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review: The Internet Is A Playground

We're all fairly familiar with the concept of trolling right?  The author of this blog-turned-book is basically a troll who publishes his internet interactions with friends, co-workers and anonymous strangers on his site/blog (27bslash6).  The thing about the book is that it's funny and entertaining enough at first.  But the more you read, the more you start to get the sense that the humor isn't clever or anything above the ordinary - the trolling consists mainly of making fun of people on the internet.  Which, ok, let's admit, people say and do dumb stuff online and it can be interesting for a minute or two to see them put in their places.  But a whole book?   At some point it just becomes easy mockery of people who aren't really even fighting back.  And if it were "real life" I'd want nothing to do with it.  I've heard people go back and forth on whether or not the site is even real and whether or not the conversations that the author posts are real, but in the end I don't really care.  It's just not that funny.  And I found the humor to be crass and offensive. 

It's a do not recommend.  It's not that I don't have a sense of humor about the internet, it's that I don't think the humor in The Internet is A Playground is clever or particularly funny.  If you feel like you really need to read a humorous blog-to-book with hilarious cartoons, try The Oatmeal's 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch A Dolphin In The Mouth.  

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