The internet is so toxic it can’t even appreciate The Joy of Painting

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Twitch, home to lots of gamers who enjoy watching other people play games, just launched a new hub to showcase creative professionals. The hub’s marquee launch event is a non-stop livestream of all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting — that warm, gentle, magical local access TV show starring Bob Ross. But Twitch made a big mistake. It took Ross, an earnest soul at the rank of Mister Rogers, and threw him into a pit with internet commenters.

Twitch chat, like so many other live public spaces on the internet, is often garbage. But I watched the Ross livestream last night for hours, and it was mostly peaceful. The messages that weren’t automatically filtered out were filled with inside jokes, innocuous emoji, and a mixture of ironic and…

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