I have this odd habit. I seem to like to go to places (online) like fantards and LJdrama, even though I don't really enjoy my time there. In fact, I quite often leave rather upset with what I see. Whiney artists and immature behaviour aside, both just don't have a pleasent atmosphere.
The other day, thetakogun pointed out that what I was doing was remarkablely like what the Portal of Evil kiddies spend their time doing. Truth is, I denied it at first. I mean, POE and Something Awful focus on stuff that I don't even bat a lash over (if I may borrow a cliche', kaythankx).
I thought more about it, and it came to me: what the POE/SA crowd are doing really is the same thing that I am. Allow me to explain.
Something Awful is populated by people who, at one point or another, got bored with the Internet, or perhaps just bored in general. They ran out of content they like on the Internet, so they moved onto things they don't like. Something Awful (and POE, to a lesser degree) gives them the reason and the means (daily updates!) with which to do it. If you look at them, they have their own little clique going on in there! Their own termonalogies, sense of humor, loyalties, traditions, customs: it's all there! Heck, we could go so far as to say it's a subculture-- GASP!
So, what does this have to do with what I was doing? Everything. The main reason I was hanging out at Fantards, LJdrama, and (admitingly) POE was that I was bored, and 'ran out' of content that pleases me.
(Before anybody asks, no, I didn't say anything on the forums. Looked, but no touch. Break it, you buy it. No shirt, no shoes, no service. Post no bills.)
I've decided to use my evenings a little better from now on. Spending more time on IM, talking with friends will help, and I know a lot of you want to talk to me. I hate to admit it, but I've also been spending time on Furcadia again. (Hey, I found a few good people and a pleasent place. It's only as bad as you make it, apparently.) I think I'm a better, more mentally balanced person because of it. Who knows, maybe Makzu will launch a few more KS sessions *cough*.
In closing, queenofstripes, whom I've been seeing all over the place as of late, said the following:
"A friend of mine just used the greatest term to describe SA and all those other sites whose humor takes the form of "I really don't like that! Let's spend hours finding more of it!"
Use it. Spread it. Love it."
I've decided to Just say "no" to irritainment. XD