Apparently we have a number of people who hang out or lurk in the lounge who find "drama" amongst our members to be highly entertaining.
I find this most curious. Not bad necessarily. Not good certainly. Just very curious.
Some people seem to enjoy being instigators.
Others seem to enjoy being a bystander who encourages one or all of the participants in the "drama"
Others seem to enjoy telling people how stupid they are to be having "drama"
I sometimes make smart arse comments as well, and sometimes I make smart arse comments that aren't half as smart as I think they are when I make them.
I've probably seen the entire cast of characters at some point around here.
And I saw an article in a magazine recently and now I can't remember which one that asked the question about our nation - Do we enjoy being outraged?
If we as a people (not just white people, but all of us) enjoy drama, and being offended... does that indicate something about our spiritual state?
And lest I offend someone, I am not using the word spiritual to mean religious - I mean spiritual.
*remembers the fake cheese thread and how so many people got offended*
That baby porcupine is almost, almost as cute as joriel's baby chinchilla.
Original Post by moonikins:
I'm going to cop to this too. I find it amazing how many people get outraged and indignant about stupid stuff. The stuff that truly outrages me and offends me is the bad stuff. Oh and the stupidity of people who think George Bush was a good president.
I'm going to "third" this. I'm a lurker and don't comment much but I do enjoy a good heated argument.
My mom use to yell a lot when we were kids. I raise my voice the same way at the dogs (Annie bumped a full bowl of water out of my hands the other day and it spilled everywhere- the wall, the carpet, my dresser, the TV, and so on-- I think they neighbors heard me haha). So I think some reactions to being upset are learned. I see a lot of young girls (15-19 yrs) act more like the adult women I see on the reality shows on TV. Kinda scary.
I think the debates start because we feel the need to define ourselves or to "join" up with another group. Anger/outrage is an easy emotion for a lot of people and being able to side up with others in a group not only helps people feel a connection to others but its easy b/c we get emotionally invested.
I had to take a break from posting (oh mylanta especially in the lounge!) because of getting so worked up over something someone said that I would never say!.I tend to root for the underdog and take up for those being picked on.
Lately I've just been lurking and staying my butt in the weightloss forums which is where I belong since i gots some major weight to lose. Lurking has ALL the benefits of the drama w/o the raised blood pressure.
You're right. Meaningless is the wrong word. But CC drama definitely matters a lot less when real life is more interesting. Drama stems from people being too emotionally invested in the virtual universe. I can't think of a time when I've gotten caught up in some snarkapalooza and it hasn't been a gentle reminder to put down the tubes and go live life in the real world.