Students United by Internet, Soul-Crippling Boredom

Students United by Internet, Soul-Crippling BoredomIf students had a rallying cry today, it would probably be “We’re bored as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!” And where are the legions of bored people congregating? Online, naturally.

The anonymous chat site Bored at Butler – a reference to Columbia’s Butler Library — launched last fall and quickly became Columbia’s id. Students don’t vent; they fume. The discussion doesn’t devolve; it starts on the ground level. No subject is off limits, from racial stereotypes to sex positions to whether the girl in the green sweater in Room 209 is a virgin. You’ll also find the occasional nonstop solicitation. This conversation excerpt is pretty representative:

“sex now?”

“I’d be game”

“but alas”

“where is everyone else”

“we’re all guys”

Now the site’s creator, Jonathan Pappas ’06, has used the B@B template to create Bored at Lamont for restless Harvard kids and Bored at Bobst for NYU. Pappas thinks the Columbia site’s popularity was “difficult to recreate elsewhere” since it’s the result of a “culture specific to Columbia.” But wait, what’s more universal than sounding off online behind a comfy veil of anonymity?

“The goal of these Web sites was to create a forum for truly free speech,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Taking away inhibitions results in a colorful display of extreme brilliance and extreme ignorance.” Take it away, comments section.

  • Anonymous

    eh…brown (and others) has the jolt for that..

  • Anonymous

    eh…brown (and others) has the jolt for that..

  • A

    we need a bored @ uris for cornell. i bet it would take off. make it happen! now that facebook sold out, we need something distinctly college.

  • A

    we need a bored @ uris for cornell. i bet it would take off. make it happen! now that facebook sold out, we need something distinctly college.

  • Anonymous

    definitely need bored @ sterling for yale. especially now, with all these people procrastinating during midterms.

  • Anonymous

    definitely need bored @ sterling for yale. especially now, with all these people procrastinating during midterms.

  • nony

    need bored @ baker for dartmouth – we would kill it here

  • nony

    need bored @ baker for dartmouth – we would kill it here

  • bored

    Yeah, I’ve seen the conversations on Bored at Lamont…they’re really lame. The Butler conversations are actually interesting, but, for some reason, the Harvard ones come across as entirely too philosophical.

  • bored

    Yeah, I’ve seen the conversations on Bored at Lamont…they’re really lame. The Butler conversations are actually interesting, but, for some reason, the Harvard ones come across as entirely too philosophical.

  • Anonymous

    bored @ uris could also be for columbia –> uris is the business school

  • Anonymous

    bored @ uris could also be for columbia –> uris is the business school

  • Anonymous

    BORED @ FIRESTONE! Princetonians are dirty…

  • Anonymous

    BORED @ FIRESTONE! Princetonians are dirty…

  • Anon

    Wow, amazing how here at Brown we’ll never need something like that because we’ve had a widely-used chat site for years. Ahead of everyone else… like in every other domain.

  • Anon

    Wow, amazing how here at Brown we’ll never need something like that because we’ve had a widely-used chat site for years. Ahead of everyone else… like in every other domain.

  • Cornell Kid

    We need bored at Uris. And Olin… and Kroch, and Carpenter, and Malott….

    Come to think of it, what building isn’t a library at Cornell?

  • Cornell Kid

    We need bored at Uris. And Olin… and Kroch, and Carpenter, and Malott….

    Come to think of it, what building isn’t a library at Cornell?

  • anon

    The Jolt > Jolt imitators.

  • anon

    The Jolt > Jolt imitators.

  • Brownie

    Yeah, the Jolt definitely does that for us. Where else would we get our 4AM daily fixes of “I’m in the SciLi. Sex?”

  • Brownie

    Yeah, the Jolt definitely does that for us. Where else would we get our 4AM daily fixes of “I’m in the SciLi. Sex?”

  • tischie

    Bored @ Bobst has kind of failed to take off. They need to do some marketing, because it could be even better than Bored @ Butler … NYU kids are the crazy creative ones, after all. The solicitations for sex would be funnier, anyway.

  • tischie

    Bored @ Bobst has kind of failed to take off. They need to do some marketing, because it could be even better than Bored @ Butler … NYU kids are the crazy creative ones, after all. The solicitations for sex would be funnier, anyway.

  • NYU sucks

    NYU kids are creative? Flamboyant is not the same as creative.

  • NYU sucks

    NYU kids are creative? Flamboyant is not the same as creative.

  • anon

    ha, i think the sites are catching on a little. especially at yale and dartmouth.

  • anon

    ha, i think the sites are catching on a little. especially at yale and dartmouth.

  • anonymous

    oh please oh please. bored at williston for mount holyoke. if nyu can have one, the seven sisters can too. besdies, mohos spend waaay too much time in the library. moving in during finals (literally) anyone?

  • anonymous

    oh please oh please. bored at williston for mount holyoke. if nyu can have one, the seven sisters can too. besdies, mohos spend waaay too much time in the library. moving in during finals (literally) anyone?

  • anonymouse

    Oh man, please please please make a bored@green for Stanford. Always getting shafted out of all the ivy fun, instead we stir up arguments on the Daily’s comment pages…help us channel our energy!

  • anonymouse

    Oh man, please please please make a bored@green for Stanford. Always getting shafted out of all the ivy fun, instead we stir up arguments on the Daily’s comment pages…help us channel our energy!

  • tim

    Brown kids are such pot head posers. Get a life!

  • tim

    Brown kids are such pot head posers. Get a life!

  • Brown

    Wow, well said, Tim.

  • Brown

    Wow, well said, Tim.