The brain is not a muscle. For proof of that, we turn to the commenting forums of Bodybuilding.com.
This is just a really special moment for humanity. We take you to the website for Fox 101.9, a radio station in Melbourne, Australia, where "Web Guy Josh" has published a peppy, harmless instructional post for the making of an "Amazing Rainbow Tie-Dye Number Surprise Cake."
If you've read our previous Discussion Discussions, or the Comment Of The Fortnight-Ish columns before those, by now you're likely familiar with how they work: we artfully (we hope) and circuitously (uh, yeah) lay out an argument for how best to conduct oneself down there, and hopefully by the end you're nodding and…
OK, various malcontents, you've finally broken us down, and we're going to admit something deeply uncomfortable. Here it is:
"Ultimately, who gives a shit?"
Let's talk meat.
If you want to read the basic outline of the changes—coming to Deadspin in a matter of weeks—float on over to Gawker. The new commenting regime won't be nearly as scary and complicated as it sounds. The basic conceit remains: Smart and insightful are given primacy over dumb and boorish. Actual discussion will matter…
Have you heard about the new "arm the peasants and redistribute the land" commenting regime taking hold here in the very near future? Well, Phase 1—converting your commenting account to third-party authentication—begins this morning. Perhaps you have some questions.
To kick off today's discussion, here are two exceptionally great, fairly recent comments for you to examine:
Let's talk about originality. When a joke makes you laugh, who exactly gets to claim credit for being a funny comedian?
Welcome to the New Year, assorted e-ne'er-do-wells. By now you've likely recovered from the family-filled, merriment-choked, productivity-free nightmare of December and are ready to return to the cozy, productivity-free familiarity of misery and isolation. Good for you. To kick off 2012 properly, your Comment Ninja…
OK, we understand there is some anger and confusion about the changes in the comments section, and we want to take the time to explain it as best we can.