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Evan Emory's YouTube debacle: real vs. online community

This is not how the YouTube story usually goes. The steps are usually simple: Boy makes inappropriate video, video goes viral, boy becomes able to sell merchandise with his face on it without people thinking he's some sort of weirdo....

By Alexandra Petri  | March 11, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  YouTube, kids these days, oops  
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Happy Fat Tuesday! What I'm giving up for Lent

Today's Fat Tuesday. That means tomorrow is the start of Lent, the season of self-denial immortalized in the Josh Hartnett film 40 Days and 40 Nights, and possibly also in the Bible somewhere. Time to think about making improving changes!...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 8, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Google, Lent  
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Charlie Sheen and the anatomy of winning

(Charlie Sheen, Rick Wilking/Reuters) "I don't know, winning, anyone? Rhymes with winning? Yeah, that would be us." - Charlie Sheen Winning is what it's about these days. It's been Sheen's byword in a series of rants on our television screens...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 4, 2011; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  America, Charlie Sheen, winning  
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Facebook oversharing vs. privacy -- addresses and phone numbers?

Earlier this week, everyone became terrified. Facebook is going to be sharing our user information, addresses and phone numbers with external Web sites? No, Facebook hastened to reassure us. "People will always be in control of what Facebook information...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 3, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Facebook, online comments, oops, privacy  
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Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 1, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  America, oops, technology, twitter  
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Justin Bieber's haircut and the dark side of Google Trends

Want a picture of Justin Bieber's haircut? I have one. But, please, before you scroll down to look, take a moment to reconsider your life. If you got to this article from Google, I hope you're ashamed. You are making...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 22, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  America, Google, argh, justin bieber  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Natalie Munroe and Nir Rosen: What happens online..., Alexandra Petri , February 16, 2011
The worst part about the Borders bankruptcy , Alexandra Petri , February 15, 2011
Is Justin Bieber the new Beatles? Never say never!, Alexandra Petri , February 10, 2011
Huffington Post + AOL -- 1 + 1 = 11?, Alexandra Petri , February 7, 2011
Google vs. Bing: Finders vs. Keepers?, Alexandra Petri , February 1, 2011
What we really mean when we post on Facebook, Alexandra Petri , January 31, 2011
I have a cold! Or do I? Can I Google it?, Alexandra Petri , January 27, 2011
No more Sputnik moments for the millennial generation, Alexandra Petri , January 26, 2011
Wikipedia and the demise of the dilettante, Alexandra Petri , January 13, 2011
Why the Craigslist Killer matters, Alexandra Petri , January 4, 2011
Facebook beats Google in 2010? This needs to stop., Alexandra Petri , December 31, 2010
The death of e-mail?, Alexandra Petri , December 21, 2010
More of Julian Assange's creepy lovesick e-mails, Alexandra Petri , December 17, 2010
What's in the WikiLeaks Insurance File, Alexandra Petri , December 7, 2010
December is Enough Awareness Month, Alexandra Petri , December 6, 2010
Facebook isn't the only tool that leads to cheating, Alexandra Petri , November 30, 2010
The Cooks Source, plagiarism, and the Great Gatsby, Alexandra Petri , November 4, 2010
Congratulation card for Harry Reid, Alexandra Petri , November 3, 2010
Condolence cards -- Alan Grayson and Linda McMahon, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
Karen Owen's powerpoint: sex and autobiography, Alexandra Petri , October 7, 2010
Facebook announcement -- it's a boy!, Alexandra Petri , October 6, 2010
Replace Christine O'Donnell with Cigar Guy, Alexandra Petri , October 6, 2010
Woman drives 200 miles to kill internet commenter? , Alexandra Petri , October 5, 2010
Facebook, the social network? A Harvard perspective, Alexandra Petri , October 1, 2010
Happy, National Punctuation Day?.!!,()&, Alexandra Petri , September 24, 2010
 
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