- ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ delivers a powerfully political episode Thursday 8:30 PM
- Bowser is taking over Nintendo—and the memes make themselves Thursday 7:02 PM
- California aims to strengthen data breach notification law Thursday 5:37 PM
- Feds say college student operated drug business through gaming app Thursday 4:36 PM
- Trump is again using old videos to claim his border wall is ‘under construction Thursday 4:05 PM
- Laura Loomer led a second protest at Twitter yesterday Thursday 3:37 PM
- The eyes have it in these ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ memes Thursday 2:13 PM
- Facebook let advertisers target users interested in infamous Nazis Thursday 1:58 PM
- Dem senator promises to put net neutrality on the ‘political hot seat’ in coming months Thursday 1:28 PM
- Someone figured out that Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ looks just like Bulbasaur Thursday 12:44 PM
- Disturbing Snapchat video shows 17-year-old throwing dog on trampoline Thursday 12:16 PM
- How to watch the new Bon Appetit channel for free Thursday 12:03 PM
- Eminem disses Netflix for canceling ‘The Punisher’ Thursday 11:50 AM
- Florida prisons sued for depriving inmates of music they paid for Thursday 11:36 AM
- Chris Hemsworth will become Hulk Hogan for Netflix biopic Thursday 11:29 AM
You should still probably avoid the comments.
YouTube comment threads were never a place for intelligent discussion, but in 2014, “Le Reddit Armie” made them even worse. These Reddit meta-trolls hop onto anything that has the r/videos subreddit’s seal of approval—often an indication of impending virality across the Web—to satirize themselves, attack others, and upvote (or “upboat”) one another’s spam.
Now, thank the Internet gods, there’s an open-source browser extension—for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—that silences these dorks. Aptly named “Hide Fedora,” it removes blacklisted Reddit Armie commenters, allows you to report other trolling profiles, and invites you to specify red-flag words or phrases like “gentlesir,” “m’lady,” and “/r/atheism.” (Naturally, someone has suggested an “OnlyFedora” version.)
And here’s the cleaned-up comment thread:
OK, so maybe we’d be better off deleting YouTube altogether. But we’ve got to start somewhere, right?
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'