Jargon Watch: Infovegans versus Cookie Monsters

Two coinages from my Twitter feed this morning:

Infovegan: One who refuses cookies* (@cjoh via @carlmalamud -- see infovegan.org for more)

Cookie Monster: One who accepts cookies (JMike2)

*Update: More formally, "Someone who makes a deliberate decision to remove a vast amount of news and information sources from one's diet, sticking to a well constrained allowable set of consumption inputs for their own health's sake."

(Image: Cookie Monster, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from nickstone333's photostream)


  1. Um. Rejecting cookies is something an infovegan might do, but there’s a lot more to the definition than that, isn’t there?

  2. For instance, refusing to read articles with any meat to them…

    (Info-vegan is a terrible term, because it’s so easily abused by extended metaphors)

  3. Info-vegan is a terrible term, because it’s so easily abused by extended metaphors

    Filter is a much better term, and really gets to the heart of it, people filter, always, some more than others, each in their own ways.

    This seems like a hipster meme in the making, a tale told by a fool, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  4. From infovegan.com:

    Public notices and inquiries should be moved from the newspapers and the bowels of the web online to where we are: networks like Facebook and Twitter.

    RSS isn’t good enough? Is it really necessary to keep Facebook apprised of every government agency one is interested in following?


    *waving hi from the bowels of the web *

  5. wow…I think I just might have this “infovegan” thing…is there a treatment that won’t involve fox news in some way?

  6. I’m an info-bullemic. I accept all cookies and then dump them when the browser closes.

  7. As someone who is not vegan, I’ll say that vegan cookies exist and are quite delicious. They are not the same as cookies with egg and butter in them, but they make up for that with a denseness and complexity of flavor that is hard to beat.

    I agree that the metaphor is pretty thinly stretched.

  8. I don’t care much about cookies one way or the other, but cutting newsfeeds out of my daily input several months ago has led to a considerable improvement in my depression. Yes, I know about Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc., but if someone mentions Anthony Casey (or Casey Anthony?) I give them a blank stare. We’ve gone from “trying to drink from a[n information] firehose” to “trying to drink from a broken water main.”

    Come to think of it, BB is my main source of news, for better or for worse.

    1. >Anthony Casey (or Casey Anthony?) I give them a blank stare.

      You can’t fool us; you generated that name all on your own. haha

      1. Max, I know a couple of “Caseys” in real life as well as a couple of “Anthonys.” For me it’s almost, but not quite, as bad as the three “Matt Matthews”es in my HS class.

  9. maybe Info-Anorexic is better? Read Nassim Taleb, “Newspapers I stopped reading in the ’80s. You know how I know a subject is worth it? If you hear about it in a social setting. That’s the best filter.”

  10. Fuck offending Vegans; why does no one here mention the tragedy that is Cookie Monster’s addiction?

  11. Didn’t really catch the reference until today, but it’s become such an ingrained part of my online experience to refuse cookies when at all possible, I didn’t even notice.

  12. Refusing site cookies is not the same thing as refusing to learn about world events via online news sources. And of course vegans eat cookies.

    I’ll second GreenJello’s recommendation of “filter” instead. That term can be used with much greater nuance, and a lot less silliness about ‘but what does it mean?’.

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