Welcome to the Friday edition of Internet Insider, where we review the week online. Today, we discuss a Twitter discourse about bringing a book to a bar.
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This week’s big Twitter discourse was about reading in a bar
Over the last two years, people have debated what is or what isn’t acceptable behavior in public spaces. Since we’re still in a pandemic, it’s always changing. So some of us are extra defensive of activities we freely enjoyed before March 2020—and that includes reading a book in a bar.
Earlier this week, a writer tweeted that “if you’re someone who brings a book to the bar… nobody likes you.” The tweet was torn apart by Book Twitter, garnering nearly 4,000 quote tweets and more than 2,000 replies. Even bartenders chimed in to say that readers often make great customers; they’re quiet, and they tip well. I didn’t add my own tweet to the chaos, but I did agree with many of the comments that disputed the take. As a person who enjoys both books and bars, it makes sense to combine the two. And if you go to a bar solo, it helps to bring an activity—especially if you want to signal to other people that you’d like to be left alone.
A few days after he became the Main Character of the Day, the writer said he reflected on his original opinion and apologized for his “uncharacteristically mean” tweet. “I was trying to be funny,” he wrote. “I clearly missed the mark.” Users commended him for owning up to his tweet, which doesn’t happen that often with ratioed tweets. The lesson? As always, never tweet. Also: Bring your book to the bar.
—Tiffany Kelly, senior culture editor
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Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.