She asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy reasons.
As Doomer Girl became more popular, her connection to her origins became far less clear.
But Doomer Girl shows how the reverse can happen too: A cruel idea gets whittled down and recirculated without context, because its origin is less interesting than the creative possibilities.
Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic , where she covers technology.
In a world with strict copyright for images that circulate online, Doomer Girl would have stayed what she was: a mechanism for a bad joke.
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She asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy reasons. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. As Forrest Wilkins, a year-old U. Doomer Girl could have waxed and waned and died there, but she was plucked from 4chan and moved to Reddit, then onto Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram in a matter of days. This is the type of internet conflict that reflexively admits its own silliness.