In the 90’s, Swatch offered a new system of time that would eradicate Daylight Savings, but you guys didn’t listen.
The above image is fake. It’s one of innumerable fake images passed around the internet as real every day. It seemed at the end of last year that online hoaxes were reaching a fever pitch. On this week’s episode of TLDR, we talk to two people who are self-appointed foot soldiers in the war on hoaxes and falsehoods on the internet.
On the latest episode of TLDR - You know those scammy looking online sweepstakes you probably avoid? People enter them and some win. These are their stories.
I love Twitch Plays Pokemon. Even though I’m not entirely clear on the intentions of the channel’s creators, it has become a weird metaphor for the messy democracy of the internet. Only online would a ridiculous experiment like this flourish, and in its way it has the flavor of all online interaction; there are a core of users who are genuinely trying to work together to overcome the din of all the voices in the room, and a bunch of griefers and trolls who are trying to undermine the whole enterprise.
Through a strange confluence of events, the internet generated a rumor that New York City is going to get 2 and a half feet of snow this weekend. It’s not.
A new mini-TLDR about what life is like after a Facebook mix-up causes journalists to confuse you for a 9/11 truther. You can subscribe to the podcast here, or just listen below.
The Slender Man is the internet’s monster - the subject of countless remixes, tributes, and parodies. He’s so ubiquitous he feels like he’s been around for ages, like folklore. But Slender Man has an owner and a point of origin. TLDR's Alex Goldman talks to Eric Knudsen, the creator of Slender Man, about what it means to be the person behind the internet's favorite creature.