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Jul. 29th, 2010

04:10 am - So it's OLD, so what?

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Y'know what else bugs me? When someone says "Look at this neat thing I found online" and someone else calls "OLD" on it, like it's milk gone sour or something. That's like saying "How dare you waste my time with a THING I'VE SEEN BEFORE! The joy you got from this thing you just found is meaningless to me; gimme a minute while I go potty in your breakfast cereal."

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From:natashasoftpaw
Date:July 29th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
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Glad I'm not the only one! It drives me nuts when I see people say things like this. Plus, I like to occasionally repost/re-send media I've re-discovered :-P
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From:michaelmink
Date:July 29th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
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"Too Long, Did Not Read" is more obnoxious, in my opinion, but "OLD" is up there.
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From:yakko
Date:July 29th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
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It could also be like saying "You JUST NOW discovered this? What rock were you hiding under?"

The saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" rings true here.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Maybe, but there are nicer ways to say that. Hey, everybody on the internet, here's my opinion:

If someone links to an old thing that you liked when you first saw it, say so. "Yeah, great, isn't it? I enjoyed it when it came out a year ago!"

If you didn't like it... keep your mouth shut and let the guy have his fun.

If you can't stand the thing and have gotten sick and tired of everyone and his dog posting it on your friends list... say so, but in a post of your own. Make it clear that the problem is the overexposure, not simply that it's "old".
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From:pippinbear
Date:July 29th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
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Sometimes it's an indicator that the thing in question isn't actually amusing enough to warrant a second look... But yes, most of the time it's what people say when they want to look "hip" and "cool" and "with-it" (which I'm probably not, due to using those words just now) by indicating that they're so far ahead of everyone else that something that came out a whole day ago is now below their level of sophistication. *sigh*
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From:angelbear_oh
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
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I agree. The Internet is best enjoyed by people with no social agenda, and are not out to impress anybody.

I can't say that I was not tempted to play the Old card when somebody embedded the "Extreme Shepherding" video into their LJ, though.

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
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My opinion is, if it's not amusing enough to warrant a second look, it's also not worth posting an unfriendly comment.
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From:hartree
Date:July 29th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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It's not just the internet. There's a lot of "more jaded than thou" attitude complete with a sniff and a look down the nose in the wider "real world" too.

It's basically saying "I'm cooler than you because I'm harder to amuse/make happy".

I did that when I was younger, but screw it, I grew up. I'd rather be happy doing all those uncool things with my uncool friends. We'll have a ball being uncool.

(Of course, if you think about it, I'm doing the same thing in this post in sort of a backwards way. "Those people aren't cool enough to take joy in uncool things." What's a little hypocrisy among friends? ;)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 31st, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
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"What are you doing?"
"Being cool."
"You look more like you're being bored."
"The world bores you when you're cool."

--C&H
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From:trudyscousin
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Just one of the many ways in which the intarwebs brings out the worst in some people.

Except that it doesn't even have to be the intarwebs.
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From:oniomancer
Date:July 29th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Intarwebs? That's _so_ last decade.
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From:carlhh
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I spent 6 years in a call center where you could fail an entire call for one thing. Among the things you could fail for was making the customer repeat information. ("Agent wasted customer's time: customer had to repeat information.") This, along with being raised by parents who would get visibly irritated at having to demonstrate something more than once, has taught me that first pass comprehension is to be expected, failure to comprehend on the first pass is abnormal.

I also believe most people don't like being reminded of something they already know about over and over again. Being reminded of something you know by heart, or having something obvious pointed out to you, is basically saying "You're an idiot who can't pick up on the obvious and therefore need assistance from my superior intellect to make it through the day."

Let's say you spill some food on your shirt eating lunch and it leaves a stain. For the rest of the day you'll hear nothing but: "Got something on your shirt." "Got a little something on your shirt." "A little mess there, buddy." You saw it happen, you know it's there, but everybody thinks you're clueless and that they are the first ones to let you know.

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Maybe, but I fail to see how this justifies being rude to someone posting a message about some neat internet thing he just found.
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From:aerofox
Date:July 30th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
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this reminds me of how irritated a guy I once knew when I was young, would get when he would start talking to me out of the blue and I would turn to him and say "huh?" or "What did you say?"

Its not as if I have my attention focused on him at all times to know exactly what he mutters as soon as it leaves his mouth. I'm afraid I go into "Daydream" mode and I pay no attention to what is going on around me quite often.

How about getting my attention FIRST before speaking to me, if you get so irritated that I say "what?" when you talk to me out of the blue.....
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From:orv
Date:July 29th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, really. If it's old and you're bored with it, don't waste your time clicking on it. Clicking on it and then posting to complain just wastes more time.
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From:hartree
Date:July 29th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

A few examples of our great new culture:

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Let's see what's old: Anything by Van Gogh or Rembrandt. Shakespeare.
Rudyard Kipling. Napoleon brandy. Hope diamond (1-3 billion years young).

What's young by comparison: rick rolling. lolcats. tub girl.

You choose.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 31st, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm a little guilty of that offense, tho less rudely. Just today I reminded myself not to do it.

In adolescence, I had a tendency to mumble and get very annoyed when asked to repeat.
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From:mr_fu
Date:August 2nd, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I'll admit I'm probably guilty of this on occasion. I don't think I get hostile or smug about it too often, mind; I usually just respond with "Oh, I've seen that," or something innocuous-but-true. My hostility is usually reserved for a select subsection of old things: Things which have been RUN INTO THE GROUND.

Take our recent gathering in Seattle -- I can't even remember the conversation that led up to it, but someone mentioned cake, and we all know where that leads. See, cake is delicious (and moist, ideally), but you just can't mention a cake anymore without someone delivering the instant snap response, "The cake is a lie." It's to the point that you needn't even have played Portal. People with absolutely no concept of the reference's original meaning and intent are spewing it simply because that's what the hip kids were saying 2-3 years ago. (Not that I am accusing anyone in our group of doing this, but I digress.)

So, I responded, snarkily, "Really? The cake is a lie? Are all of my base belong to you, too?" I will also admit that I cribbed that joke entirely from Chainsawsuit.

Was that too strong, or are there exceptions for the old AND overwrought?

Also, OMG, replying to a 3-day-old LJ? SO OLD. We're so over that!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 8th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Nope, not too strong. If it's been done to death, fine to say so.

What triggered this post was someone on my friends list discovering and linking to that Sushi Cat flash game. Sushi Cat may be a year old or whatever, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who still haven't seen it. This guy, for one, and I'm sure many of his closest friends. And all he did was post a link to it with the comment, "Fun webbrowser game."

And yet along comes someone with exactly two points to make:
1. "Old. (by internet standards)"
2. There's already a Sushi Cat 2.

Not a word about whether he liked it or not. Certainly nothing friendly to be found. Just "OLD", like a slap in the face from a hand that makes unusual sound effects.
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