Hyperbole

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    Aug 22, 2007 7:52 PM GMT
    I've noticed a bit of a tendency to really emphatic expression on the boards. It's sometimes a bit odd. It tends to go something along the lines of:

    Person 1: Boohoo, I sad. I see man pretty he no like me.

    Person 2: Forget him. You are the most glorious manifestation of God's plan for humanity and all those who fail to see this our vile, contemptible low lives, and should be hanged.

    Person 3: Person 2 hates you, and all people. He rains fiery death on all those whose paths he crosses, and ought to be abhorred, not left at liberty to post in public forums. The horror!

    And so on. I'm sporadically guilty of goading the melodramatists, so I shouldn't really complain, but what gives? Does fitness lead to a heightened emotional state? Is "Days of our Lives" so fraught because the stars work out? Your thoughts, gentlemen.
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    Aug 22, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    "drama"
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    Aug 22, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    Numerous studies show conclusively that gay jocks are gay. Claiming otherwise is self-deceptive and counter productived and things like that.
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    Aug 22, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    colmdublin: "...I've noticed a bit of a tendency to really emphatic expression on the boards..."

    You block, you stone, you worse than senseless thing!

    Whine.





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    Aug 23, 2007 12:34 AM GMT
    "Days of Our Lives"? HA! Hardly. It reads more like a 60s Godzilla script.
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    Aug 23, 2007 12:37 AM GMT
    I resemble this accusation. Deal.
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    Aug 23, 2007 2:34 AM GMT
    Anyone met any gay emos? I wonder if they exist?
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    Aug 23, 2007 2:36 AM GMT
    Colmdublin - ever consider a career writing scripts for TV sitcoms?

    I think it's typical of any place where people with emphatic, but varying, opinions gather. Perhaps more so when the opinions pertain to personal lifestyles, rather than neutral intellectual topics.

    Of course, your characterization is spectacular. :)
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    Aug 23, 2007 3:20 AM GMT
    Italmusclbtm....I made cannelloni from scratch last night for a dinner with a friend.

    My cannelloni are MUCH better than your mom's ravioli.

    Nah, nah.

    (Just being a wise ass).
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    Aug 23, 2007 4:38 AM GMT
    Colm, are you saying you'd prefer we all write like we're publishing an article for The Economist?

    It's not enough to be accurate, truthful, honest, sensible, factual, sincere or [insert obnoxiously wholesome adjective] when posting to forms. You have to show a bit of personality somehow. Face to face can be all those things and still be interesting because of voice inflections, facial expressions, hand gestures, body language - none of which we have available in our postings, sort of the occasional visual aide.

    Well and then there are those that just want to garner attention and they don't give a rats ass about wholesome adjectives.

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    Aug 23, 2007 5:26 AM GMT
    *Hands colmdublin a tissue* Want some cheese?
  • Laurence

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    Aug 23, 2007 9:34 AM GMT
    Colm

    The answer to this lies in the fact that we're not really having conversations here, so guys tend to try to encapsulate all their points in one email (though they may do more per post eventually).

    Thats why you tend to get preachy, well thought out, to the point posts, instead of meandering ones which get criticised by other posters anyway.

    Most posters seem to find it easier to have one black or white point of view, whereas in life they'd probably have more of a greyish stance.

    Lozx

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    Aug 23, 2007 10:51 AM GMT
    Fastprof, you wound me sir, really you do.

    Jester, yes I always want some cheese, but I'll settle for the tissue.

    OHHiker, you can't tell because this is a forum, but I'm raising an eyebrow.

    Lawrence, I'm not really talking about polarisation in arguments, I'm more talking about the saccharine/vitriol dichotomy that seems to pervade the way a lot of posters express themselves. It's very strange.
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    Aug 23, 2007 1:13 PM GMT
    TigerTim- Yes, there are gay emos. I have dated a couple. They are high maintenence, co-dependent, and overly emotional (more so than a normal gay, lol) and cutting is not hot.
  • Laurence

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    Aug 23, 2007 2:08 PM GMT
    Oh I see Colm

    I think what I said does relate to your point, though not that much.

    Guys on here seem to be either;

    a) Too nice...trying not to offend or put people off them.

    or

    b) Unbending..it's my way or the highway. I wouldn't settle for that etc.

    My original answer stands though. People here seem too black or white (opinion wise).

    As far as melodrama goes though. Wasn't it you who started a thread about splitting your trousers? I'd call that need to share melodramatic...I can now see the Zaza likeness ;)

    Lozx
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    Aug 23, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    Let me just turn my rings around so I can slap you...
  • metta

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    Aug 23, 2007 5:18 PM GMT
    I have seen gay emos on another board:
    JUB

    But I think that I have seen posts from just about every type of 'the gay' possible on that board. ;)


    NOTE: 'the gay', a line by Margaret Cho.


  • gymingit

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    Aug 23, 2007 6:21 PM GMT
    Well personally, I've also told him in emails, I have to get my McGay fix every morning like coffee. Most of you guys crack me up and I do understand the black/white/gray point which Lozx is conveying as well.

    LANCE
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    Aug 23, 2007 6:22 PM GMT
    Just so you know, hyperbole is not confined to this board. In my experience, hyperbole is a phenomenon of any forum; especially one that doesn't provide a lot of community features such as journals/blogs. When you don't know someone it's really easy to get really out of hand in your posts. It's just something you have to get used to.
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    Aug 23, 2007 8:19 PM GMT
    Out! Thou cat, thou burr, thou hindring MINIMUS of knotgrass made!
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    Aug 23, 2007 9:16 PM GMT
    DiverScience: I'm not sure that I'm keen on your gatophobic language, Mr!
  • phill

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    Sep 06, 2007 7:25 PM GMT
    I usually fall into the category of trying to mend someone elses situation. I hate heightened displays of emotion as much as i hate understanding. So somehow i always try to be factual emotionally honest and verbally nosey enough to distract from the general ambiance of an argument. When that doesnt work shiney objects and techno music usually do the trick.
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    Sep 06, 2007 8:50 PM GMT
    Really, colm.

    You know this kind of thing can't be helped when you have forums populated by:

    -tacky bisexuals (everyone knows they don't know what they want but they want all of whatever it is),

    -fire-breathing live-bunnyrabbit-eating carnivores,

    -muscle-headed testosterone addicts,

    -overeducated PhDs without enough papers to grade,

    -assimilating, "married", white-picket fence clones,

    -sex radicals who want to be able to screw random strangers in front of children, and

    -victims of fill-in-the-blank-phobia.

    And did I mention none of them know how to use proper grammar when they're posting?

    PS - Hopefully it's obvious that this post is DRIPPING with sarcasm for those who are ready to take offense to one or more of the above stated stereotypes.
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    Sep 06, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    Sarcasm?
    I am so glad not to fit into any of the fore mentioned 'lots'... except the one that we are, according to you, ALL guilty of: bad grammar.

    Drama is what we (all) tune in for.
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    Sep 06, 2007 10:25 PM GMT
    Darma? DRAMA!!!

    Never!

    I don't know about the black/white subject issue, only that my personal opinions are only opinions that happen to be universally accepted truths.

    My grammer are perfect as are my speling since I never make typos.

    I also know that all of you with higher levels of education are not smart than me, your only better at taking tests.

    I'm not perfect, I'm just better than everyone else. Fortunately for you, my compassion and empathy allows me to accept lesser beings.

    now...where did I leave my high horse?