For Our Consideration: The internet is not funny

Spend an hour today looking at the internet—go ahead, it’s still running—and you will come back dismayed. It’s eerily quiet, aside from the single, hard news item—Trump Triumphs—which rang out like a gunshot last night and shut everything and everyone else the fuck up.

There are still, of course, a lot of tweets, and they are, for the most part, profoundly unfunny. (Here is a good one.) There are takes, and they are, for the most part, bad. (Here is a good one.) There are still animals on the internet, and they are, as ever, content. (Here is a good one.) But the internet is quiet because the internet is ashamed. The alt-right grew here, in the very same forums and message boards that birthed much of popular internet culture. “I Can Has Cheezburger” and Pepe The Frog are brothers of 4chan. “The Dress …

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