Ernie Smith

is creating Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet

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“When I’m about to go down the Internet rabbit hole, Tedium is a great place to start. I look forward to every new post.”

 

“Tedium combines the best of the 99% Invisible podcast and James Burke’s Connections TV show. It takes the invisible and makes it visible again and then connects it to the past and present creating a livelier picture than you ever knew existed.”

 

Here’s Why You Should Support Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.

Most people don’t see the deeper meaning in a Hot Pocket or a fingernail clipper.

That’s too bad, because there’s totally something there that’s worth reading into. You just have to be willing to look.

Tedium is a newsletter and website that does a deep dive into the mundane, the unusual, and the trivial—or as we love to put it, we’re hunting for the end of the long tail. 

We tell stories about the noble failures and the historic moments deemed too useless for the history books. We’ll hunt through old newspapers, vintage patent filings, and BBS-era text files—all with the goal of culling out the story that was once hidden and deserves to be brought to the surface. And we link the hell out of everything in case you wanna dive in yourself.

Why should I trust you guys to find awesome stuff?

We have a track record. We've been at this for nearly four years, with mentions in  Wired, on NPR's Planet Money podcast, and frequent syndication on sites such as Vice's Motherboard and Atlas Obscura.

Some of our pieces have even gone super-viral, including  the tale of 3Dfx and the unlikely agricultural roots of the cheese curl. We publish a lot of weird stuff, and they're stories that nobody else is really talking about.

What do these donations pay for?

Glad you asked! Publishing Tedium takes a lot of time (generally 20 hours per week), and there are some set costs that come with it. On top of that, there are occasional contributors who get paid something for their work. We try to minimize those costs where we can, but it would still be nice to not have to go out of pocket for things like research materials, email distribution platforms, image hosting (GIFs aren’t cheap), and social media management. Every little bit helps. And so could you.

What do you get, anyway?

Check out our benefits over to the side reach out if any of them interest you. (We have a $25 tier in which I buy you random stuff. It's highly recommended.)

Help us tell awesome stories about boring things—and you’ll be rewarded with some awesome knowledge. Promise. Thanks a bunch. — Ernie @ Tedium
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