Archive for June 2016

The Allure of Social Media (or Lack of It)   3 comments

2009-2012 was the peak of my social media activity. Loneliness (or the urge to connect with people) drove me to pour my heart out to my Xanga. Same with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and various forums. 4 years later, I’m dispassionate and rarely make updates. At least, not as consistent as I used to.

Maybe it’s the death of Xanga. The community aspect propelled Xangans. Still, the mass exodus happened before 2009. Remaining members interacted through top blogs. Those who never visited the front page of the site (like me, prior to 2007-2008) had no idea of the larger groups. Xanga 2.0 did nothing. I don’t think it was necessarily a rip-off, but it was definitely false advertisement. The old Xanga platform was ripe for hackers and spammers to exploit. Most of the community didn’t know it. Moving to another platform (WordPress-powered Xanga 2.0) distanced the owners from the liabilities the old platform brought them. I guess it, too, distanced and divided its members.

Maybe something died inside me. A lot can happen in 4 years. Hopping from job to job, financial responsibilities, death in the family, online drama… dejection.

Maybe social media is saturated. Back in the Usenet group and IRC chat days (I guess AOL Instant Messenger is now part of that), it felt like you were in this secret online gathering. It felt special. What once was a niche gathering of like minded people is taken over by corporations monitoring your online activity, blasting ads up the wazoo catered to your browsing habits. It’s still a gathering of like minded people, except everyone knows about it. Currently, social media is like the big city: crowded, noisy, and never sleeps.

Maybe it’s all of them.

I’m done.

Posted June 30, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Musings

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On the Road   Leave a comment

Driving around for the past 11 days.

I’m done.

Posted June 24, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Timelapse, Video

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Pet Peeve: When People Make Their Own “Memes”   Leave a comment

A meme is an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

A meme is a repeated idea. That’s why advice animals are memes. Because it’s the same basic concept done over and over with different exact circumstances.

JUST PUTTING TEXT AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF A PICTURE ISN’T A MEME!!!

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This is a meme. Specifically, the use of Fry’s face with the text “Not sure if…” is the meme. What people normally call a meme is actually the image macro style. Annoyingly, this mistake is taking over (and, I guess, becoming a meme in and of itself. Meta.)

Here’s a list of things that are not memes:

Random, shitty photos with random, shitty captions
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So remember, when you hear someone say “I made this cool meme”, you can be assured that they are almost certainly wrong.

I’m done.

Posted June 19, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Rant

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When A Person Dies   Leave a comment

With the night winding down and checking on Facebook, I saw the trending story of Christina Grimmie shot while signing autographs after her concert in Florida. Her brother tackled the shooter. The shooter shot himself moments after. Part of me is a little desensitized to such news. Unfazed, I browsed away online. A few hours later, the Facebook page of our local radio station broke the news for me that the 22-year-old singer passed away. That’s when I paused and took a moment to reflect on what just happened.

She is considered a pioneer on YouTube as one of the early adopters using the platform to entertain viewers and fans. She competed on The Voice in 2014. Adam Levine signed her to his label despite placing third in the competition. She just released her new album in February this year. I watched a few snippets of her video vlogs and songs. Such talent at such a young age.

I didn’t follow her on YouTube or watched The Voice as much as my mom. Reading all the nice things she’s done over the years places me in sort of a rut. Was I better off not knowing about her? I wish I knew more of her and all the kindness and wonderful things she shared with the world and her fans before this tragedy.

I’m praying for her friends and family.

 

RIP

Posted June 11, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Uncategorized

Facebook Anxiety   3 comments

I’m not the only one who gets anxious about adding people on Facebook, am I?

I overthink everything. Rationally, I know people have reasons for not accepting friend requests. I accept that. But the thought is overwhelming. I respect people’s privacy too much that I stopped adding people altogether. People add me and I accept. And others probably feel the same way.

It’s possible there’s someone whom I would add and they would add me, but both of us feel the same way and overthink things. So we acknowledge each other’s existence and don’t want to overstep like the worst game of courteous chicken.

I’m done.

Posted June 5, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Musings, Uncategorized

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