The Internet is a Playground is a compendium of nearly every post so far – and all of the best posts – from Thorne’s website 27bslash6.com. This collection of hilarious posts cover a wide range of topics from his son attending a school sponsored religious meeting to paying for an overdue bill with a drawing of a spider. Nearly all of them hit the mark and are literally laugh out loud funny: his wit really is unparallelled in Cyberspace and I found numerous times that not only was I laughing too hard to breathe but those I shared the stories with soon found themselves in the same position. (NOTE: It is amazing how nice the customer service representatives are in the book. It certainly isn’t American customer service depicted!)
The Internet is a Playground
by David Thorne
Inevitably, there are some that I didn’t find funny, like the posts about monkeys and Lucius landed a little flat. In fact, it seems like many of the things I didn’t enjoy so much were the so-called new content, not available online. Not a big surprise as if they were that great they would probably have been published online already. Also, some stories are hilarious but you may find yourself saying, “I really ought not think that’s funny as it is so very [mean spirited / offensive / fill in the blank].” It should go without saying that very conservative people should not pick up this book unless they are looking for something to be mad about. (We all need motivation sometimes.)
This book is everything that is wrong with the internet. Not because David Thorne probably is an evil genius (he is). Not because the chapters in this book aren’t seriously hilarious (they are). But because you can get most of the best content from this book for free online, which means that aside from fans, those who don’t have laptops/ netbooks/ tablets/ smartphones and are too lazy to carry a book and those who are unaware of the website this book may be an unnecessary expense. And that is what is wrong with the internet: it makes publishing some books almost irrelevant when they really ought not be.
Thorne’s book, because most of it is available for free online, is less of a must buy than a “you really should at the very least read this guy” type book. As for me, I enjoyed the book immensely and will continue to watch for new posts at 27bslash6 to see what new trouble this online evil genius can make.
Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on current events and Christianity.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.