You won't believe how sweet this anti-hyperbole plugin is


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#2

I wonder if there is a Firefox version of this debait plugin?


#3

Everyone else is disappointed that the future hasn't given us flying cars or jetpacks. I'm disappointed there aren't software programs that allow me to reach through the internet and strangle the people who write that crap for a living.


#4

Cory Doctorow writing a post about hyperbole is like the NFL starting a campaign to end television commercials. Now I've literally seen everything. Incredible. That dude's ability to over sensationalize every article he posts puts MSNBC and Fox News to shame.


#5

I'm so torn on it because I do want to reach through the Internet and slap them. But, at the same time, I recently found out that Upworthy actually treats their employees surprisingly well ... good pay and bennies and generally stuff that I don't expect from a Dark Satanic Content Mill. So now I don't know how to feel. Is there a German word for "People Who Seem Generally Decent Yet Inexplicably Keep Doing Evil"?


#6

This came up not too long ago in regards to a similar Chrome plugin based on a XKCD comic, in short, use http://code.google.com/p/foxreplace/ and implement the list yourself.


#7

Nazis?

What we actually need is a word for things which are "internet evil": evil which, after pushing back in your chair and staring at the ceiling for a minute, isn't really meaningfully evil, but which, deep inside, one can't shake the sense that it should earn the perpetrator a spot in the lowest pit of hell.


#8

I'm not sure the Nazis seem generally decent. A better answer might have been a broader, "Germans?"

What we actually need is a word for things which are "internet evil": evil which, after pushing back in your chair and staring at the ceiling for a minute, isn't really meaningfully evil, but which, deep inside, one can't shake the sense that it should earn the perpetrator a spot in the lowest pit of hell.

YES. Somebody get on this.


#9

WEvil. (Web-Evil.)


#10

Don't know about that particular one, but there is the word Schlimmbesserung, which seems to mean 'an improvement which makes things worse'. Years ago I posted a letter in the Austin Chronicle about that one along with an even longer German word because they seems so 'end-of-year holiday festive'. An Improvement That Makes Things Worse.


#11

eWWWil?


#12

Crowleys?


#13

It needs a rule to leave the hyperbole in place - or even insert it - when used with specific key words. For example:

"Laser eye surgery, at an eye-popping low price!"


#14

I disagree.

On the other hand, I've wondered whether Mr. Doctorow's head would explode if he encountered a steampunk surveillance camera.


#15

Blink (the html tag) evil.


#16

Yes, always choose the lesser of two WEvils.


#17

Evilite?
Evilescent?
Ish? (as in both evil-ish and a representation of the thought it generates. A backronym might be Internet Spam Heuristic, but would mandate caps "ISH")
Astley? (nominally from rickrolling, but more just because it sounds negative)


#18

Look at this steampunk surveillance camera.

Just look at it.


#19

This plugin rocks.


#20

eWWWil is so last century. It's iWWWil.

Not that I'm accepting any marriage proposals right now thank you very much for arsking.