Last week, Ben Smith at Politico made the argument that clinging to a seemingly outdated AOL e-mail address might have somehow become a weird sort of status symbol, to judge by the Washington power brokers and high-profile media people who still use theirs. In the new issue of Playboy, Paul Rudd gives Smith's theory further credence: Not only do he and Judd Apatow still have AOL e-mail addresses, but so do Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Sarah Silverman. (Vulture knows from experience that Tilda Swinton and David Arquette do, too, but then, those two have so much in common already.) "I like AOL because it's so embarrassing," Rudd explains. "People look at you as if you're a fossil. Which you are. But I enjoy that embarrassment. I like being on the outside. Having an AOL address is like wearing Ocean Pacific shorts. It's so uncool that it's cool." [Playboy]
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