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May 16, 2007


I have never understood why anyone would play internet poker. Why not just go the ATM machine, take out all the money your bank or credit card will allow, then set fire to the bills one at a time? I imagine that would be more fun. And yet even online gambling seems sensible compared to watching people play poker on cable. I'm completely flumoxed by that one.

So can anything be more "here, stupified viewer, consume your own passivity and alienation by proxy" than that? Why, yes, there can. This seems like it ought to be a joke, but I do not think it actually is a joke:

It makes me want to burn some money.

Posted by smclemee at May 16, 2007 12:34 PM


[mouth moves, but no words emerge.....]

Posted by: Ahistoricality at May 16, 2007 4:32 PM

My husband plays internet poker, but not for money. He sees it as some kind of mental exercise, but he just looks like a zombie while he's playing. Except, of course, when he exclaims, "Crap! I just lost $10,000!", every now and then. I've noticed that losing his pretend money is more of a rush for him than winning it.

Posted by: theorist at May 21, 2007 8:46 AM