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Memes, Links and Fucking Caveat Emptor

Oh Booo, Hooo! Apparently some version of the "I Write Like" meme link in some way to a vanity publishing site. Oh, Teh Horror!!

Wailing and gnashing of teeth has ensued all over LJ and DW. "It's A SCAM!!!11!!!" they scream. Waaaaaaahhh!! "You'll be cheeeeated!!!" Shrieeek!!

Yet not a single person has whined about the hundreds of cheesy memes linked to that godawful, pimp yourself out as a piece of meat dating site OKCupid. Oh, no, this is about writing, it's about art, that's somehow more holy than not being sucked into the cash eating meatmarket of online matchups at a site that only displays the "good looking" matches to "good looking" people.

Get the fuck over yourselves, people. The quiz is a joke, and anyone who falls for the crap behind any link is so stupid that they deserve what they get. Use your damned brains.

It could link straight to a testimonial driven "We can Improve™ your writing in just a week for just $250, let us give you a FREE trial now!!" bullshit site, and it would be just as valid a "meme" as any other - just another idle pastime put out as an advertisement, purchased only by the gullible or those that were searching for that anyway.

So grow up, and let me state this very clearly:

Posting in my blog of a Meme/Quiz with links does not constitute a "Product Endorsement" of those links!!

If you assume it does, please reconsider whether you want to read my blog.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
You HAVE to be kidding, right?
*rolls eyes*
To quote William Shatner from his appearance in Saturday Night Live; "People, get a LIFE!".


Jul. 17th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
My 'meme' icon comes from something similar, years ago.

It was a mock IQ test.

The person who took the test would see a different image than everyone else. (My image comes from the 'everyone else' image, of course.)

That kind of trick could work for advertisers, too.
Jul. 17th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
My only objection was that they didn't know wtf they were talking about.
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
This. The possible results - which were apparently doled out at random - were all white, almost all male, and the person who built the quiz actively refused to modify his source list in any way, claiming to be "color-blind" but proving himself to be anything but in the process.
Jul. 18th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
True, the results were total and complete shit, and utter bullshit. They said I write like Dan Brown, for the gods sake! I didn't think I spewed turgid bullshit...

It's a meme, with about as much weight as the quizzes that people write for OKStupid.

But yes, like most amateur made "tests", it was biased and slanted as hell, and the author couldn't even admit his built in biases when pointed out.

To be expected, really.
Jul. 18th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Point well made. Excerpts of my published work were likened to J. D. Salinger (feh), James Joyce (WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?), Stephen King (not on his best day), and-- get this-- Margaret Mitchell.

While the last was technically not male, they don't get any whiter.
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