Thursday, November 20, 2008

Comment on the culture of comment

By far the most irritating feature of that supremely irritating website, Facebook, is the ability it gives others to comment (irritatingly) on EVERYTHING that you do. No, EVERYTHING. It wouldn't be so bad if people could just comment on your photos or your notes, it also lets them comment on your attending events, updating your status, becoming fans of something, joining a group, or even your becoming friends with someone, and also (but not limited to) anything and everything else. Who wants you to have an opinion on everything that your friends do? Facebook, that's who.

Did Austen have to put up with this kind of constant opinining? Did Shakespeare? (An occasional rotten potato is more hazardous, but also more moderate and intelligent, than the kind of twitter that you occasionally get on Facebook.) Seriously. Imagine if the great works of literature were thrown open to this kind of commenting....

IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

- 'It is a'?

Could there be a more hackneyed opening to a story? Srsly?

- Agreed, lolz.

What the hell are you talking about, Austen? 'Truth' is such an outdated concept.

And what the hell is this talk about marriage while we're at it? Enough with the valourisation of outdated patriarchal structures!

etc, etc...

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

- 'Households' - hey, that isn't bloody likely under the current fiscal/sub-prime mortgage crisis.

- And I don't know why you're using that hackneyed and trite Iambic Pentameter.

- And what's all this 'Fair Verona', while you're about it? Man, have you see what Berlusconi and Prodi have done to the place?

- Bet the idiot's never seen Verona.

- This 'Shakespeare' is REALLY in need of an editor.

- Or a therapist, man. You should see his King Lear. I don't know how the hell he ever got published...

etc, etc...

Man, it's getting so you can't breathe before someone makes a comment on it - as if everyone has to have an opinion about what happens before it happens.

Maybe I should put in a comments box in this post, just for those commenters who are too incontinent not to comment mid-post...

Dramatisation. May not actually work.

Commenters! Comment on my Comment on the culture of comment! Go on, I won't bite!


Nick Crumbedprawn said...

The whole thing was trite, predictable and frankly dull.

In a good way.

Maria said...

First Post??????




Nick at 5:02PM


such a predictable way to start a post.

"whole thing"

Like, what do you mean man, like, the whole post, or the whole blog or what - I mean, is it too much for peeps who post to explain what
they are commenting on by quoting, huh? Like man?

"trite, predictable and frankly dull"

Agreed. LOL. PMSL.

"In a good way."

You sound hot. Got email?

The Topiary Cow said...

Topiary should like to leave a leafy green comment but is stunned into silence by Maria.

"You sound hot. Got email?"

My, my.


Nick Crumbedprawn said...

I am hot. What's email?

TimT said...

I would like to comment on the commenting culture in this 'Comment on the culture of comment'.

The comments on my Comment are commendable!

As you were.

Maria said...

By the way, TimT, if you dislike Facebook's intrusion I highly recommend you watch a show called Dead Like Me which in one episode in the first season features a website called "getting Things Done With Dolores". Dolores is the rather larger than life supervisor of the main character, George, and the concept is that Dolores installs webcams from every angle in her own house and hosts a web page so you can see her 24/7 in her own house and comment on her 'activities' - she believes in diligence and a wide range of activities such as completing a huge puzzle, cooking, looking after the crockery and so far. People will rate her activities and comment on how she "Gets Things Done".

It's a bizarre concept but you may like it. In fact you may like to try it yourself. you could have a blog where people are commenting writing things like:

yeah write that post for Will type for Food Tim

Yeah write it.

Faster faster.

Oh man.

Yeah hit publish.

No no he's left out a full stop .... don't don't no EDIT!

Phew! Just in time talk about adrenalin rush - did ya think he'd make it?

One more of those hits man.



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