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So as I mentioned before, I'm on Tumblr now. It's been a bit of a weird experience because even after I figured out how to reblog and stuff, I still feel like I have NO CLUE how the whole thing works. But as a ten minute brain cleanser, it can be pretty fun. (But I can still see how I'm just not Tumblr's target audience, because the mute reblogging of pics really is only fun for about ten minutes, and my overwhelming urge is sometimes to comment on pics I find ridiculous, and so far I figure that's a bit of an etiquette no-no. I mostly restrain myself.)

But what I actually wanted to post about was lesbians.


First, my NEVERENDING complaint that the 'girls kissing' tag brings up all this fake-lesbian porn. WHY. If I want porn, I'll search for that! You don't need to SNEAK me porn, I CAN FIND THE PORN I WANT ON MY OWN. *SADFACE* *GRUMPYFACE*

I did follow a few Tumblrs that post pretty girls kissing pictures, and that's nice to have pop up in between all the JE pictures... but when it comes to reblogging, I get terribly self-conscious. Because a lot of what's getting reblogged seems to be not artsy photography type stuff, but snapshots of girls with their girlfriends. Overwhelmingly, late-teen-early-twenties girls with their girlfriends. And every time I go, 'This is a really cute picture...' and go for the reblog button, I feel like... I am a dirty old woman or something. >.<

And it's not entirely logical because I do know on the rational level that these are pics these chicks took because they wanted to put pictures of themselves making out with their girlfriends on Tumblr, and it's not like they're TWELVE or anything. But I have this WEIRDEST FEELING of 'I am too old to reblog pictures of nineteen-year-olds kissing.'

It doesn't make a lot of sense, I guess.

Twitter, Tumblr and Everything Else That Moves Fast, And Stuff That Doesn't Make Sense

(Disclaimer: if this post makes you think "omg she's talking about me", rest assured that I am not, because I really don't have anyone specific in mind. This is a thing I've had brewing for a while, and I'm not judging, I'm just puzzled.)

Here's a thing I really don't get about some of the more fast-moving and short-text social media: random sadface. It's a trend I started noticing a few months ago, but that may be simply because I got more involved around then and made my peace with Twitter and the like, and actually see stuff these days.

Basically, tweets that go like this:

I really like cheesecake T_________T

I think I've seen this bus driver before DDDDD:

going out now ;_____;

This type of tweet usually leaves me... stumped. Because why would you be sad that you like cheesecake, or over recognising the bus driver? And what should one say in reply to it?

I've sometimes wondered if it's a thing of this particular fandom where it's the etiquette to be AS. DRAMATIC. AS. POSSIBLE!!1! and therefore you can't like cheesecake without being really emotional about it. (Which would also explain why it leaves me so puzzled because the AS. DRAMATIC. AS. POSSIBLE!!1! is when I most feel like a n00b on the outside going 'bzuh?') But I'm noticing this outside of fannish stuff and in general outside of my particular fandom, so, IDK.

And then I don't know what to do. I mean, usually when people are really sad, I assume they have some reason and are not just recreationally sad. But I also don't really believe that for every I really like cheesecake T_________T tweet, I'm supposed to conjure up some cheesecake trauma behind it. Which is honestly my gut instinct assumption. And then I end up with stuff like:

going out now ;_____;
oh, you have to meet someone you don't like? :-|
ha ha no just beer and stuff with friends lol.

I get exuberance, I get emoticons for context, I even have theories about the I like cheesecake orz type stuff. But the random sadface, I just have no clue about. These days, I'm likely to just scroll by, but it still leaves me puzzled. So if you're someone who's more in touch with their emotions than I am and feel like explaining what the cheesecake's all about, please do! In cheesecake situations, what would be the correct/desired reply?

I really like cheesecake T_________T
:-((( #hugs

I really like cheesecake T_________T
And you have a food allergy and can't eat it anymore? :-/

I really like cheesecake T_________T
ME TOO orz

(Disclaimer part 2: no, I really didn't mean you, and if you think I'm talking about you anyway, I did mean it with the 'explanations welcome' part!)

Date: 2012-10-16 06:13 pm (UTC)
jae: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jae
How interesting! My guess would be that the emoticon "T_________T" that you're reading as "sad" has morphed in that particular fannish community to mean something more general. Is that possible?


Date: 2012-10-21 01:39 pm (UTC)
jae: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jae
They could have! Or, I mean, I don't know crap about how language changes online (although you're starting to get me interested in it), but that's how language often changes in "real life": entire classes of somethings can expand or contract in meaning. It sounds like they started off as 'sad', but have now come to mean 'any strong emotion'.


Date: 2012-10-16 06:18 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
I have to admit, number three "feels" like the best match. Strange as it seems to orz over cheesecake.

Possibility the next: a lot of people don't actually understand the nuance of emoticons and don't realize that's a /sad/ face.

(Personally, I comment on almost anything I reblog. In, like, the actual text instead of the tags. But it's very true that there's some kind of hands-off etiquette on Tumblr wherein you use the tags for all remarks so that it doesn't get passed along on the next reblog. It's all very deliberately ephemeral.)

Date: 2012-10-17 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lulumeow
How peculiar... I suppose it could be for dramatics. I'd never considered that possibility before, I'd always assumed the sad-face wasn't random (and completed the tweets accordingly in my head.)

I really like cheesecake T_________T My undying love for cheesecake is such that it's turned me into an oversized balloon... no one, NO ONE will ever look at me again TT____TT
I think I've seen this bus driver before DDDDD: I'm pretty sure he was that guy I had a one-off with last week, the one with all the smelly corpses under the bed! #creepy
going out now ;_____; Shit, it's after curfew, I hope the soldiers don't shoot me! (Alternatively: I REALLY DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY WHITE ROOM OF COMFORT!!! ;A;)

OTOH I totally get being sad over having to leave the house... that's always sad business, it never stops raining outside.

Twitter is clearly emotionally damaged. People answer '#hugs' to my random morbid jokes all the time and I'm still trying to figure out what they mean by that ;A; (<--non-random sad-face) Definitely answer the third. Definitely that. Spread the confusion. #troll

Date: 2012-10-17 06:38 pm (UTC)
mec: Photo of Fluff (Default)
From: [personal profile] mec
Hmm, sometimes I see the T__T for happy tears too, but generally if you see it after someone saying they like cheesecake - and I'm probably guilty of this - it's because they can't have it, or they shouldn't have it. Or, sad emoticons because the person is going out to do happy things but doesn't want to tear themselves away from what they're doing now, something like that?

Half the time people are tweeting into a black hole anyway and don't expect a response, so unless you have something burning to say about whatever the mystery tweet was, you probably don't need to figure out how to reply?

Date: 2012-10-21 12:09 pm (UTC)
mec: Photo of Fluff (Default)
From: [personal profile] mec
I'm randomly angry on social media instead, hence the occasional furious tweets about throwing people off the balcony on my lunchbreak. ^_^ Twitter's a good way to let off steam, when emotions have to get out there somehow and you feel better just for typing the words. At least, that's how it works for me. I guess it's that I feel the need to make my emotional state known to the world, but because I'm in a situation where that's not advisable (unless I want to get arrested for murdering my boss or something), I have to do it online. Writing it down in any form helps, but making it public (as public as it can be on a locked twitter) seems to valiate it somehow.


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