Letters: April Fools' Day
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
Time now for your comments and, Melissa, a lot of people wrote in about your trip to Drip.
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
That's right. On Friday we explained that Drip is a coffee house here in Washington, D.C. that caters to so-called slow netters. That is the devotees of the slow internet movement. We explained that at Drip there's no high-speed internet, just dial-up.
NORRIS: Damian Kulash is the front man for the band OK Go and we heard him describing his devotion to the movement and its signature sound.
Mr. DAMIAN KULASH (Musician): That (makes noise). Like, I think it's, like, the Beatles must've been to my parents. It calls back out all of the rage and lust and hormones of my youth. It's a really powerful sound.
BLOCK: Well, Michelle Shriver(ph) of Austin, Texas doesn't have quite the same love for that powerful sound, as she writes this: I just finished talking about the absurdity of this movement at the dinner table. Then when I finished my rant, I said aloud, maybe this was an April Fool's joke. I totally believed it for a while.
NORRIS: Well, Ms. Shriver, you're on to us, and so was Eric Fenson(ph) of Lexington, Massachusetts. He writes: I almost spit out my custom-made hand-poured pale ale when I heard the story. Your attention to detail and well-rounded coverage of the slow internet movement had me for longer than I would've thought.
BLOCK: And Jack Foley(ph) of Muncie, Indiana writes: You have gotten me so many times on April 1st with hoax stories. Exploding trees, pet health insurance, et cetera, that in the last year, I put an annual alarm on my smartphone with this warning: ATC starts in 15 minutes and this is April Fool's Day.
Mr. Foley continues: I have to say that I belly laughed, especially when the researcher in Minnesota stated that dial-up puts people into a state similar to meditation. I was around in the days of 14.4 dial-up, meditation it was not.
NORRIS: Finally, James Sweeney(ph) got the joke, but asked: Am I the only one who was disappointed when they realized it was the gag story? He continues: I live a somewhat conflicted life. I am at the same time nostalgic for technology of days gone by, yet I work in the IT industry with current technology. But I resist new technology as much as possible. No smartphone, no Bluetooth, and yes, still dial-up at home. Others make fun of me, of course, and I was excited to be able to share news of this anti-bandwidth revolt with them. P.s., Mr. Sweeney writes: I still have my original Commodore 64 somewhere in the attic.
(Soundbite of song, "Love Me Long Time")
Mr. KULASH: (Singing) Love me that Commodore 64.
BLOCK: That's Damian Kulash's love song to the slow internet movement, which to be clear, does not exist, as far as we know.
NORRIS: And you can listen to Damian's song at NPR.org. Enjoy the catchy beat with a custom pale ale or a hand-poured coffee. The song is called "Love Me Long Time."
BLOCK: And if you love us long time, send your love notes and our critique to NPR.org. Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.
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