September 17th, 2007

Artist At Work

Open To The Public

Ok, so, that comics jam page I mentioned? It's up on the site. Let me just say this: I know it's pretty basic. In fact, it's a lot basic. Compared to it's preceding page (and no doubt, to what will come after), it's downright weak. I don't care. I did it, and I'm glad I did it, and I'll do it again, and I'm having fun. In the end, that's the only thing that matters.

So there. :P

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OK, I just have to come right out and say it. I just don't find "cat macros" and "LOLspeak" funny. Not even a little bit. A funny phrase on a funny picture, hey, some of those are a fuckin' riot, sure. But this whole cat thing is out of hand. I'd probably find it as funny as, apparently, most of the rest of the Internet does, if it was just in correct English. "Moar" is not a fucking word, and yet it seems to be the 'Net's preferred term for wanting more of something. I'm completely sick of someone requesting something by saying "I can haz ___ now plz?" or any variation thereon.

Meanwhile, we have "lollercoasters," "roflcopters," and plenty more. I've even caught people using "lols" in conversation (as in "man, that was so funny, I lolled!"). Loll means "to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner," so I doubt that something was so funny it made you lazily lay down.

See, call me what you will, but I see this, going and going and going, becoming more and more accepted, and all I see is a further step on the road to Dumbing Down America...and this step, we're taking ourselves, and even encouraging. We complain about the state of our educational system (and we damn well SHOULD), but we're OK with this kind of thing becoming the norm. Slang is one thing, purposeful and wilful ignorance of spelling and grammar is quite another.

Much like anything else, what may start out funny becomes boring and derivative after it's done too many times, and in this age of instant worldwide communication, that happens double-quick. Take Jeff Foxworthy (please) and his "You Might Be A Redneck If..." schtick. Amusing, OK. Soon, it was pretty much all he did, and the shine wore off, especially when many other comedians (and those that just wanted to be funny) started making more and more "You Might Be A ____ If..." lists. Soon, it was just not funny anymore. Hell, even Jeff doesn't do that bit anymore.

Now, with websites allowing anyone to post...and, for fucks sakes, frickin' YouTube...anything that gets done is done a million times within a shorter span of time than it takes you to read this. I'm already sick and tired of angry, crying whiners screaming "Leave ____ alone!" It wasn't funny to begin with, and it's not getting any better.

Have the courage and the attention to be original. You cannot stand out when you are simply one amongst many, and you cannot be noticed when you are swamped by an army of your indolent matter how many videos you upload about how bad your life is.