- "Fables for the Internet Age""Satirizing the Internet Since 1841.""Home of the Best HTTP Cookies in the Multiverse."— Taglines on the /dev/null main page
Tales from /dev/null is a (mostly) humor website that tells classic stories in the modern age. Stories like, 'What would The Boy Who Cried Wolf do if he had access to social media?' and 'How can you make the most money as fast as possible if you had The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg?' It also tries to integrate common features of the internet in unexpected ways (see the cookie notification pictured above).
Heavily inspired by xkcd.
Tropes used by this website:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot : an ad-serving AI is very serious about increasing revenue.
- An Aesop : the Aesop 2.0 stories end in one (in big gold letters too), but not the one you'd expect.
- Blatant Lies : "Satirizing the Internet Since 1841."
- Bothering by the Book : The EU cookie notification gives the information necessary for the user to make the most informed decision. ALL the information.
- But Thou Must! : A Torrid Martian Night is really pushy about its mobile app.
- Cerebus Syndrome : Occasionally has serious articles. Fortunately, it gives a gigantic red warning when you're about to read one.
- Cliché Storm : A common feature of TropeRoulettes
- Crossover : Highly encouraged in Make-A-Story. See this, this, and this for examples.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop : What usually happens to the Stock Aesops from the classic stories when told in the modern day.
- #HashtagForLaughs : features prominently in the Aesop 2.0 stories.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here] : The whole point of Make-A-Story, but for ALL the characters. See this story, where Mr. T and Hulk Hogan fight kung-fu master Anne Frank with help from Queen Elizabeth II.
- Mood Whiplash : drastic changes between every section of Late (A Writing Exercise). Especially between the 4th and 5th.
- Name and Name : In the titles for Make-A-Story.
- New Technology is Evil : Certainly a common theme across multiple stories, but it's really people who are evil all along.
- No Fourth Wall : They said you can never make cookie notifications or share buttons funny. Well, they were wrong.
- Parody : Instagram, reddit, Google Ads, twitter and techcrunch.com among others.
- Random Events Plot : What usually happens in a TropeRoulette
- Rotating Protagonist : Ads For You follows 5 'protagonists' as it tells the story of an ad-serving AI.
- Shout-Out : All the character names in Ads For You are taken from works where the AI goes bad (2001: A Space Odyssey, Robot Series, The Matrix)
- Social Media Before Reason : In The Boy Who Cried Wolf 2.0.
- Stick-Figure Comic : Not quite a comic, but uses stick figures liberally.
- Stock Aesop : Subverted repeatedly, in the Aesop 2.0 stories.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension : in A Torrid Martian Night It's a joke. And not main joke either.