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Aaron Sorkin has made no secret of his disdain for the internet.

Josh Lyman on The West Wing mocks a web forum as having "a dictatorial leader who I'm sure wears a muumuu and chain-smokes Parliaments." Individuals on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom refer to internet commenters as both "the nocturnal nut brigade" and "the pajama people." Indeed, many of Sorkin's characters — and in particular, the ones viewers are meant to identify with — are not only dismissive of the internet, but actively hostile toward it. This often dovetails with an ignorance of technology.

"The people on these sites," replies C.J. Cregg to Lyman, "they're the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!"

Hot on the heels of last night's series finale of The Newsroom, Sorkin's most recent (and perhaps final) television show, comes another fantastic Sorkin supercut from Kevin Porter. "Sorkinisms 3" focuses entirely on the internet, rather than Porter's first two videos in this vein, which both highlighted particular turns of phrase that Sorkin loves to repeat throughout his work. Included in this compilation are clips from The West Wing, Studio 60, The Social Network and The Newsroom.

For more, check out Porter's previous supercuts, "Sorkinisms - A Supercut" and "Sorkinisms 2 - The Sequel." Porter co-hosts the podcast Gilmore Guys, in which he and Demi Adejuyigbe discuss Gilmore Girls, which has a penchant for fast-paced dialogue similar to Sorkin's writing.