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Mystery Meme Theatre 3000
a. Choose 15 people from your friends list based on a careful ratio of deep fannish grievances, petty annoyances, and people you could care less about but might as well suck up to in order to make you not seem like a complete bitch when the readers tally up positive vs. negative comments at random.
b. Write something designed to intrigue and tantalize your readers and stir up as much angst in your social circle as possible, because if you actually cared to tell the actual people what you actually thought of them, you'd actually e-mail them privately about/to each of them.
c. Don't tell anyone who the statements are about. Good or bad. No matter how they display their extreme lack of self-esteem in the comments by assuming all the bad ones are about them! beg!
d. But please do try to guess. That's what makes this passive-aggressive! fun!

{No, I don't feel this way about anyone on my friendslist -- I'm just amused by the kind of fannish social science that generates these memes.}

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thebratqueen

2004-11-12 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

hee!!

miggy

2004-11-12 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Bwah!

ladycat777

2004-11-12 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

*snickers*

vylit

2004-11-12 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

based on a careful ratio of deep fannish grievances, petty annoyances, and people you could care less about but might as well suck up to in order to make you not seem like a complete bitch when the readers tally up positive vs. negative comments

Hee! Dude, you're too adorable, and the sad thing is that it's so very true. People always get angsty in the comments and assume that they're not "cool" enough to be mentioned.

Although, you know if I did it and described someone as a h0r, I'd be talking about you.

All My Very Gay Love,
The Beeyotch

mpoetess

2004-11-12 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)

5[uM 5U[k1Ng 8330T[H!

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robintcj

2004-11-12 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

*chokes*

the funny part is that a friend of mine *did* do this, way back when, and I learned that I'd been treating said friend horribly for close to a year. and then I felt bad. and had to display an extreme lack of self-esteem in the comments because the bad ones *were* about me.

*giggles*

mpoetess

2004-11-12 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)

I did it myself, the first time it came round, about 2 years ago, early in its development when the meme was "Do it for everyone on your friendslist. I still have the Word doc that I used to keep track of everything and randomise the order; looking back over it, it's fascinating how manyo f them still apply.

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obsessedmuch

2004-11-12 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

*lurves you and not just because I need to suck up to seem less bitchy but because you are teh funneh*

mpoetess

2004-11-12 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

not just because I need to suck up to seem less bitchy

Exacty -- it's not like it would do any good, at this point -- you of all people wouldn't need to seem less bitchy!

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marguerite_26

2004-11-12 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Very Jane Austin of you.

btw- I had fun this morning gakking the heck out of the Pointy Stakes LJ icon archive. Merci beaucoup!

mpoetess

2004-11-12 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Giles/Tree!!!111!!!11!

Theirloveissointer-kingdom.

soundingsea

2004-11-12 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Hee!

e) see mpoetess explain one of the main reasons soundingsea hates, loathes, and despises "social" memes ;)

I have plenty of stress in offline life, thanks; I sure as shooting' don't need more on lj. :)

mpoetess

2004-11-12 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Even the ones that seem fairly innocuous (like "list the people on your friendslist whom you've met, who gave you your lj code, yadda yadda" almost always have some opportunity for p-a fun. The one I did recently had a question that I deleted about "Is there anyone on LJ you just can't stand..."

bunnyohare

2004-11-12 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

This meme is a recipe for instant wank isn't it?

I am fairly certain that kerfuffle scabs are being picked at as I type.

::gets popcorn and sits down to watch the show::


mpoetess

2004-11-12 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)

I haven't actually seen any wanking over it (this round -- there was some in one of its earlier incarnations, a year or so ago, iirc) but it's sure a recipe for private paranoia and such. I don't even necessarily think whoever wrote it was thinking those things -- the 'dish on your friends' memes just tend to lend themselves to it.

kho

2004-11-12 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh my God, I can't believe there are people that do those things!! And then they just sit there and go "I wonder why people are getting mad at me!" I can't tell you how hard I laughed at this just now. Too funny.

mpoetess

2004-11-12 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)

There are in fact people who do these things. And people who do them in all seriousness and non-passive-aggressiveness, even. But they funny, all the same.

janedavitt

2004-11-12 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

I love you. And hate this meme which I've seen roll around a few times. Which suddenly made me feel all 'been here forever-y' when normally I feel a newbie. Hmm.

First time it freaked me. Totally. Insecure and neurotic as I am I took every carping comment to heart and found it hard to pin down exactly what kind of loser I was. 3 looked likely, but 7, ooh, yes, that had to be me!

Then, when the answers were revealed (and aren't they always?) I found out I wasn't even there because I was Too Insignificant to be disliked.

Well, it was early days...

;-)


mpoetess

2004-11-12 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

You'll always be Too Insignificant to be disliked to me!

Um, I mean...

*g*

*smooch*


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mpoetess

2004-11-12 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think the sadly amusing part is that (unless you're hanging out in a fandom like HP that's skewed to a younger population) much of the most 18-year-oldish behavior in fandom comes from people in the 25-35 range. Possibly because as adults, we've they've had to squelch it in all otehr aspects of their lives?

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mpoetess

2004-11-12 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

But then there would be nothing to watch with amusement! Have to do something now that Angel's off the air.

zortified

2004-11-12 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

My tummy hurts. Not from eating too many potato chips.

mpoetess

2004-11-12 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am hungry. Not because I didn't have lunch. Oh wait, I did have lunch. I must be hungry just because it's dinnertime.

*coff*ahem*coff*

drax

2004-11-12 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

*points at your icon*

aaaagh! It's about me, isn't it! YOu hat me!!!!!111! It is all aboot me- 1it's me!! i know cause I'm wearing my thin blue sweatshirt and blue jeans! You think I'm mean! and... I... should... streak...? Wait...

Re: *coff*ahem*coff*

mpoetess

2004-11-12 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes.

*points at your icon*

H0RRRRRRR!1!

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