I’ve long been a fan of sites and blogs like FOUND and Post Secret. I wrote (or assigned/edited) stories on both sites several years ago. I’ve also submitted to Post Secret myself, though I’m not gonna reveal if my secrets have been published, lest you begin to know too much.
Anyway, what can I say? I’m into the internet. But I must admit, in recent years, my enthusiasm for viral web trends and clever blogs (like Stuff White People Like, Garfield minus Garfield, etc.) has waned a little. I’ve just been too busy, I guess. Busy with real life.
Luckily, I’ve come to the realization that real life is lame, and as a result, I’ll be posting a series on some of my wasting-time-on-the-web favourites. Some of this won’t be new to you. I’m not pretending to be a trendsetter. I’m just sharing. Make of it what you will.
The first installment is below, with additional installments forthcoming. I’ll post one a day, every day, until my birthday next week. So expect to read about six sites in total. Ready? Go!
Passive Aggressive Notes
painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over
Why I Like It: What’s not to like? I think almost everyone who’s ever lived in the world has come across notes of this ilk. And we all occasionally fall victim to the overwhelming desire to pen such missives. Life is, and people are, after all, annoying. Roommates fail to wash dishes, strangers pee on the seat, coworkers the world over steal our Hot Pockets when we’re not looking. Such is life. And as such, PAN tells the truth. Mind you, what I really love about the notes on this site is what they say about North American culture, literacy, and the things that preoccupy us. I love the wonky grammar, the typos, the misused punctuation, sure, but I can forgive all that, and besides, that stuff is only surface-level funny. What I really love most about these passive aggressive notes is that they unfailingly seem to exhibit a tri-part combination of illiteracy, unbridled AGGRESSION, and true insanity/delusion. Brilliant.
You’ve gotta laugh, right? Unless you choose to go the other way (which is to say, the way that leads you to weep with dismay at the state of humanity).
More webtastic webbery to come, guys. See you tomorrow. Get pumped!