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A meme too far
lester disaproves
There are some memes I cannot stand and this current pimping for comments and trying to find out how many people read your journal (LJ has stats for that)is one of them. Whether or not I read your journal - and I read most of my flist and communities (though very selectively with regard to fanfic) most of the time - I am not going to participate.

If you have to do this, I like inamac's sarky poll much better.

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Technically, my response to the meme is the letter I.

I'm not sure people have understood why I used it.

If you want people to comment on your journal, comment on theirs and post interesting content!

The problem, my dear Shiv, is that some people who are far more intelligent than I am have posted this bloody meme and I'm damned if I understand why.

It's like those damn status updates on Facebook to test whether people are reading them. I am a fairly conscientious commenter on both LJ and FB when I'm not having RL shit, but I won't be guilted into commenting!

Have not been on Facebook long enough to encounter those, so far. However, I'm getting great practice at ignoring requests that I join some game or other.

The funny thing is, I thought the third letter meme was just a bit of silliness until the mutated version that actually says "I'm checking you" started appearing. Then I was like "Ew".


I'm annoyed enough about being told I must post said word and then post the meme on my LJ because anything else would "spoil the fun."

Still looking for the fun.

Yes, I've seen that one. If people really want reassurance about who's reading, I wish they'd just say "please leave a comment to remind me you're still here," not "Reply with a word starting with the third letter of your Zodiac sign in French" or whatever it was.

The wording of this particular meme is full of entitlement. When you copy something like that, it is always better to consider how it will look and amend accordingly.

That one seems to have passed me by, mercifully, but I agree that kind of thing is annoying. My unfavourite is the copy-pasted FB guilt-trip.

I've only been on Facebook a couple of weeks so have yet to encounter that one.

As I've said elsewhere, I did that one just to see what words I got. The checking bit doesn't interest me in the least. I just like words, and I was intrigued to see what people came up with.

I get pretty grumpy about any meme that basically says, "You must do this." I quite like the ones that are work for the person who posts the meme, like, say, "Pick five of my icons and I'll tell you why I have them," but don't demand that you do the same.

Ina objects profoundly to the idea that this is 'fun'.

It sort of makes me quote Kipling:

Can't! Don't! Shan't! Won't!
Pass it along the line!
Somebody's pack has slid from his back,
'Wish it were only mine!'

I liked Ina's, I also liked my friend Autie's contribution of a word -- it was BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, as in following the herd.

To be fair, la_marquise_de_ just above you, who was a person I didn't expect to pick up this meme, did head it "Baaaaaa".

It must be said (show's you how carefully I read meme posts) that I hadn't noticed that little guilt-trip it starts with. Other than that it looks like all those memes "give me a character and I'll tell you what's great about them", "comment here and I give three words that remind me of you", "Ask me to explain X of my interests/user icons" so on and so forth which are essentially inoffensive and can be fun once in a while.

I object far more to the FB memes that start with "think of the poor people who suffer from X" and end with "if you have any humanity you will repost this" which strike me as the worst possible combination of smug moral superiority and fooling yourself into thinking you are helping others when actually you are doing nothing of the kind. I'll take thoughtless attention-seeking to that any day!

Edited at 2012-02-02 03:55 pm (UTC)

As I've said to others, I have no problems with memes - I do them myself occasionally - but there is a lot of entitlement in some of them. Most of my friends tend to edit out such things as 'if I tag you you have to do this meme' or 'if you comment you must post this meme.' They are very 'chain letter' ish. I haven't, on the whole, been bombarded by this sort of thing in the short time I have been on Facebook, and if I have some people might get taken off my friends...

Hear, hear! I don't mind memes per se, but I absolutely DESPISE the emotional blackmail of "then you have to do it too". Chain letter is exactly the right description for that, and I won't play.


Inamac is the only person I've seen asking how many people read their journal. Who else has been doing it and how have they been doing it differently?

The original wording was

I’m running a test to see who’s reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don’t just post a word and not copy – that’s not as much fun!

Apparently it has now mutated into a more threatening version, but my flist now seems to be avoiding it. I'm not the only person to make comments.

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I have no problem with polls (in fact, I sort of love them) as no-one answers them unless they wish, and no-one reposts them!

I am on Facebook simply to view one closed group. Of course, I have picked up a lot of people I know, and my family, such as it is, posts a bit there, but I find it entirely superficial and not, on the whole, worth reading.

Though I have Dreamwidth and Insane Journal accounts, LJ is where I feel at home and where I speak to (and make) most of my friends.

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