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Ryan Dunn, drinking and driving, and Internet outrage

Ryan Dunn, drinking and driving, and Internet outrage (photo)

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On Monday, we told you about the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, killed in a car accident at the age of 34. Dunn’s death later mushroomed into a full-on Internet controversy when Roger Ebert tweeted “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive” upon hearing the news. Well, apparently friends don’t let Roger Ebert tweet things about their buddies either, as members of the “Jackass” crew and hundreds of fans all responded with anger and outrage at Ebert’s tweet. Ebert then responded with an explanatory blog post, which offered sympathy to the victims and clarified the intentions of his tweet. Cue additional arguing and finger pointing and outrage.

Ebert’s tweet was made out of assumption, but in the days that followed, his assumption was proven correct. Today police said that Dunn’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .196, more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania. Experts now estimate he drove his car off the road at more than 130 miles per hour. Dunn’s death and the death of his passenger in the car, Zachary Hartwell, are tragedies, and they could have been avoided if Dunn hadn’t drank and drove, which makes them bigger tragedies.

I don’t feel like getting into a semantic argument over whether Dunn was a “Jackass” or a “jackass.” Or whether someone it’s okay to make a joke out of drunk driving. Here is what I want people to take away from this story: the realization that sometimes the Internet moves faster than the news does. Yes, the Internet is an incredible informational tool. But outrage and rumors tends to quicker faster than information, and the demand for instantaneous gratification can be destructive and hurtful. Basically everyone in this chain of events got ahead of themselves, ahead of the truth that was only two days away. Ryan Dunn should have slowed down, and so should we. Friends shouldn’t let friends forget that.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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