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Funny - very funny in places, but you don't need to buy it
on 28 May 2012
David Thorne is an Australian and a designer. Those two facts seemed so relevant when I read "The Internet is a Playground" but right now I can't for the life of me work out why that should be.
Having received a letter demanding payment for something or another, David responded with a drawing of a spider and then posted the exchange his 27b/6 blog. The episode went viral and he developed his brand of humour from there.
This book is basically a compilation of his blog entries, based on humourous email exchanges with unsuspecting dupes (irritating work mates, friends and neighbours, lawyers, business concerns etc) in a similar vein to the spider-drawing-episode, interspersed with more abstract musings and ramblings. It's slightly spoiled by the gradually building suspicion (confirmed elsewhere) that David is not being entirely honest with us: many of the correspondences are almost certainly doctored by him for added comic effect and it's possible that some probably started life with no comic content at all.
Still, taken at face value, it's good for a laugh. The humour is a little childish, in the vein of phoning someone up and asking them if their fridge is running ("well you'd better go and catch it then!" har har). It is also hit or miss: when he's funny, he's very very funny, but it doesn't always work and the rest of the time it's just amusing.
As for buying it as a paperback? Don't. Most or all of the content can be accessed via David's blog and the book is currently hugely over-priced.