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The Internet is a Playground by [Thorne, David]
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Publishers Weekly Galley Talk: " "David Thorne's "The Internet is a Playground" (Tarcher) is the funniest book I've read in years. I had to stop reading it repeatedly because I was laughing so hard. I called people I know and read parts out loud over the phone. Thorne, who is equal parts social cartographer, psychologist, and sociopath, stays true to his name by poking fun and puncturing the egos of strangers and friends alike. With just a simple push, even the simplest of situations explodes into the wildest and most outrageously funny exchanges. Interspersed throughout are Thorne's razor sharp musings on random bits; sucker punches both juvenile and brilliant. If you can make it through the story of "Missy, The Missing Cat" without cheering out loud at the author's sheer bravado, you miss the point of this wildly entertaining book completely. Wicked, breath-taking, irreverent, and absolutely contagious, "The Internet is a Playground" is an effortless handsell: just start reading out

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5246 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fontaine Press; 1 edition (27 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IYEXV4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you've never visited David Thorne's website 27b/6, don't go there just yet. Buy The Internet is a Playground, and then visit the site once you've consumed every page of this hilarious book.

The Internet is a Playground comprises "the complete collection of articles and emails" from Thorne's infamous site. So there's little here that you can't already get for free on the website, but Thorne's material really does deserve a place on your coffee table.

Thorne shot to fame in late 2008 when he tried to settle a bill with a drawing of a spider. The resulting email correspondences were posted on his website, and word quickly spread around the internet.

The book consists of the spider piece along with a number of similar--and no less hilarious--emails. Thorne invites himself to his neighbour's party, turns the tables on a strict teacher and weasels his way out of paying a late fee for some rented DVDs. But summarising these emails could never do them justice. You just have to read them yourself. Read one and I guarantee you will be hooked.

Unfortunately, the "articles", which feature on Thorne's website and form a large part of the book (much more so than the emails), aren't anywhere near as funny or engaging as the emails. Many of these articles see Thorne writing in the name of people he knows--such as colleagues--and essentially parodying them to the utmost of his ingenious abilities. These articles have their moments, but generally I found myself racing through them in order to get to the next email piece.

Make no mistake about it, the emails featured in this book are comedy masterpieces. Like hidden camera TV shows, half the fun is seeing how people react to Thorne's absurd emails. And Thorne never fails to reply to each email with clever arguments, witty observations and downright off-the-wall logorrhea .

If you like the writing of Maddox, then you'll love The Internet is a Playground.
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'The internet is a playground' by David Thorne is without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read. His text is extremely edgy, taboo and at times completely out of order, which is perhaps why I like it so much. What Mr.Thorne has done is achieve two principle things. The first is to write a rip-roaringly funny book, I had read some of the articles before on his website but I think if anything I laughed more reading them for a second time. The second achievement of Mr.Thorne's may well be completely inadvertent. What he has managed to do is create a a book that flies in the face of unnecessary and completely overzealous censorship. In an age where so many writers choose to conform to what is essentially becoming a predictable and somewhat 'nuclear' read, Mr.Thorne's book is a breath of fresh air. The book is in no way written to offend, nor should it be seen as a text which will 'corrupt' the youthful generation. In short Mr. Thorne's book tests and tries social acceptability and norms, and finds them stead fast and in place, without the need for any book burning!

Five Stars.
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The emails that are printed in this book are very very funny (like many I came to David Thorne as a result of his 'spider' email).

However beware ... the book also contains several articles (usually about seemingly invented individuals) these sections are usually long and convoluted and far less funny than when he is taking the mickey out of biggots and those who can't see past 'red tape' etc.

Very funny in some places - a bit dull in others! Sorry to confess but I tended to skip the articles so I could get to the next amazing email chain.

A Tip: If you like this book, or this sort of humour (by which I mean the emails to unsuspecting members of the public), then you'll love 'The Timewaster Letters' by Robin Cooper.
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I got this book after being directed to Thorne's website and reading the "Please Design A Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," series of e-mails.
Sadly, that's the funniest one he appears to have done, so the other emails contained in the book, whilst amusing, don't match it.
The bigger problem is the guff between the emails: a series of musings and outright odd pieces that just seem to be trying too hard to be funny and come across as being, for wont of a better word, daft. And not funny.
The emails are more amusing but derivative: pick on a employee, send them emails containing one-part sense and two-parts nonsense and watch them struggle. By the end of the book I was siding with the recipients of these emails - people doing their job and having to spend working time replying to facetious provocation. To their credit, many people don't snap until the fourth or fifth stage of correspondence.
Yes, some people are idiots and almost ask for a good skewing-by-email. Others, however, aren't and there's little real pleasure to be had from the author's approach.
I am a pretty avid reader. I also ordered Thorne's other book "I'll Go Home Then; It's Warm and Has Chairs" at the same time. I won't bother even opening this up. Heresy, I know.
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The patronising voices of authority have become a little too loud lately, imposing pointless rules & regulations that are impossible to adhere to. They send annoying letters and patronising emails, if only there were someone who could be twice as annoying, twice as patronising, someone to beat them at their own game!

Thank the Papua New Guinean Mud God for David Thorne!

The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius is a tangible, portable version of the 27bslash6 website with never before seen content, content too rude for the internet! Ok, that's not actually true; it's more likely it was deliberately neglected for online content in the hopes to one day make a profit by releasing it on some sort of paper object for people to buy.

David Thorne's ability to trivialise the most serious of scenarios, yet maintain the relevance to the subject matter is astounding. Read David's (sometimes cringe worthy) responses to outlandish allegations and statements, and feel somehow empowered by his capability to get things done and identify shortcomings of inept institutions.

One of my favourite email correspondences is between David and Simon Edhouse, in which, David explains to Simon that his idea was fundamentally flawed as it was essentially created 3 years ago in Facebook and Twitter. For those who have read Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?, it would be David telling Martin Lukes where he can shove his "creovative" idea!
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