Let’s be clear — you have no hope of holding back the tide of viral “Literally amazingly incredible…” viral headlines flooding the Internet. The best you can do is maintain the sanity of your little corner of it.
That’s why we cheer the existence of the Downworthy Firefox plugin:
Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:
- “Literally” becomes “Figuratively”
- “Will Blow Your Mind” becomes “Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment”
- “One Weird Trick” becomes “One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit”
- “Go Viral” becomes “Be Overused So Much That You’ll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it Stop”
- “Can’t Even Handle” becomes “Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue”
- “Incredible” becomes “Painfully Ordinary”
- “You Won’t Believe” becomes “In All Likelihood, You’ll Believe”
- … and so on. (see the spoilers list below)
Truly, this is the plugin that makes the Internet make sense again. Literally.
Keep writing (awesome viral stuff that will make me cry), Tom Chandler.