I’m a definite no. I mean, I get by, but I’m not really in sync.
1) Most things--not all--I view with a shrug of the shoulders. I see people get worked up over something, here or on Facebook, and I think “You’re really getting worked up over that?” And not getting sufficiently worked up over something can get someone else even more worked up.
2) I don’t use emoticons or internet acronyms. I think they’re stupid. So sometimes tone becomes a problem, leading to misunderstanding.
3) I’m generally happy--whether I should be, that’s another issue--and find a lot of stuff funny or silly. If you joke around too much, you end up looking glib and uncaring. I’ve had this Jeffrey Lee Pierce line from an interview lodged in my head for 35 years: “I just had a complete Bo Diddley attitude towards the whole thing,” something like that. I didn’t really know what he meant, but I liked the sound of it, and I’ve adopted it as a personal credo. I have a complete Bo Diddley attitude towards the whole thing--towards life--and that’s not meant for social media.
4) There was this poster who hasn’t been around for a while (I don’t think), a popular one--a______t--who had this kind of passive-aggressive superciliousness that drove me up the wall. If I’m honest, though, that voice does creep into my own posts, especially when talking about music, where I divide everything up into what I presently like and everything else, and some of the everything else is stuff I liked at one time that I now joke about. And I can see where that might drive someone else up the wall.
I could go on (I'm definitely overly defensive at times), but you get the idea. It’s funny--I remember writing this fanzine piece circa 1994 about why I wasn’t cut out to be a freelance writer. I need for something else to come along, some new world I can conquer.
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― clemenza, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:14 (one week ago)