As it is I've already been less than polite to people who don't know any better. And the only thing that has kept me from breaking something so far is that someone who is not an islamophobic, tech-illiterate, credulous moron (and who happens to be rather cute, in fact) sent me gratuitous hugs earlier.
Anyone want to restore my faith in humanity? (No, that doesn't mean sending me pictures of cute animals, humanity was the operative word.)
Faith in humanity, at least a little: I've had an entirely civil political discussion in my journal in the past few days. There have been a few negative comments about politicians, but no gratuitous name-calling, and no attacks on other posters.
Up until Sept 2008 (and I'm not sure about after that), it is the only compulsory period/topic between 11-14. It's been there since the beginning of the National Curriculum, I believe. (So 1990 or thereabouts.)
That is, people telling you the more gullible version, not merely objecting to what the one school did, nor saying "Look at this forward, aren't forwards crap?"? How on earth?
My supply of credulous or offensive forwards dropped to about zero years ago (and I didn't even do anything about it). In fact, I know many of my friends are very sceptic, and most sensible, but for whatever reason, no-one seems to send me forwards any more without checking snopes, I'm pleasantly surprised. And that doesn't exactly restore faith in humanity but is very slightly positive :(
If you've been getting that repeatedly *sympathy* *more hugs* People do stupid things, they have my symapthy, I wish I could fix it :(
And I assumed email forwards were still common -- it's just that I (and I hadn't considered it until just then) seem to have been spared! :)
utterly pointless Facebook applications, especially the ones which require you to invite 20 friends before doing anything.
Oh yes, they're ridiculous/evil. But I don't mind so much, because although I wish friends considered whether I was likely to want such an invitation, I understand how they might fail to. And wish the authors of deliberately offensive applications could be zotted. And wish the technical side of the problem was fixed. But the ones I've seen are generally insinuating I might like to compare my friends and see which sort of fish they are, which is wrong, but not very wrong -- I *might* do -- whereas email forwards generally seem to suggest I should be (a) credulous (b) militant (c) in a cause I don't believe in (d) and may find personally offensive.
You only just got that? Or you're getting a spate of it now? Either way, pleh, you can do without idiots doing that. (I had friends who would always send me forwards. Had. I gave them fair warning not to send me idiotic stuff, and once I was fed up, blocked their email.)
I'm going to write a restorative post, come check my lj in a moment when you get up.