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Interesting article from 2016 - [newyorker.com]

JenBeberstein 8 May 19
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Being a person who enjoys satire, I was quick to pick up the humorous intent in the piece.
However, I did not find this story particularly compelling. I initially thought it was because I am an introvert and this was poking fun at the personality type while failing to adequately tie the genuine characteristics of introversion to the writer's "behavior".

Then I realized the problem is, the context is missing. At the time this piece was written, 2016, "affluenza" boy was sentenced to jail time after getting in trouble/being intoxicated while on probation for his earlier vehicular homicide charges. Hot topic at that time was the use of lame, mental health fabrications for doing something awful. Taking that into account, the satire made sense and would have been relevant and perhaps funny at the time.

DotLewis Level 7 May 20, 2019
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If the article is NOT satire, and I profoundly hope that it is, then the author is an asshole AND (perhaps) an introvert. Being an introvert doesn't give anyone the right to treat other people badly. And it's total BS to think that the personality trait of introversion entitles one to behave like a consummate jerk.

citronella Level 7 May 20, 2019
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"As an introvert, I hate donating money to charity. I’m just too shy to think about my money going to help some stranger."

I was going to use this line to say that the author is actually an asshole, but then I kept reading. I believed it was serious until I got to the part about mixing up the roomate's food and smearing it into messages. Then I realized that the author was actually making fun of introverts and now I'm mad. It's rather stupid.

Kynlei Level 8 May 20, 2019
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I understand it's satire, but I'm not sure what the point was.

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@JenBeberstein But who does it entertain? Who wants to hear a story about a jerk? Who thinks it's funny to deride the needs of others? It was a waste of my time to read it and of the author's time to write it. I am surprised that the New Yorker gave up precious print space for this dreck.

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Seems like a rather silly article to me. It demonstrates that, as someone else said, introverts are not all the same. We come in lots of different flavours and some are idiots.

CeliaVL Level 7 May 19, 2019

Which is true of every type of people.

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Don't agree with this at all. Being an introvert doesn't give you a right to be a jerk.

NHjulie Level 8 May 19, 2019

I don't agree either.

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