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Anonymous asked: You know what's the worse thing. When people have those one-liners that generate a shit load of notes by the time you come across it and then at first you think wow that's really funny and clever and witty, but no my stupid self sees it's actually ignorant and lame. I wish I could stay at square one - the wow factor. Do you ever like not get things too?
Ever hear of Sturgeon’s Law? “90% of everything is crap.” I’m pretty sure Tumblr is no exception. But on Tumblr, 9% of the remaining 10% is also batshit crazyiness, and, crazy or not, everything on Tumblr gets recirculated and often remixed or added to multiple times. Every dead horse gets beaten into the ground, then dug up as a fossilized skeleton, then reanimated undead and harnessed to the great big Tumblr wagon to probably be beaten some more. Tumblr has become this gigantic, self-perpetuating snowball of insanity.
When a new post or reblog comes across my dash, unless it’s someone I’m actually friends with, my only reaction anymore is: Reblog, like, or just ignore? So much of the time it’s just this half-conscious triage, like Tumblr is just another part of my sensorium — an eye or ear or antenna that only takes in and processes Tumblr posts. My brain has accepted it as a new sensory organ, the way it will accept a spoon or pencil as an extension of the hand. It sifts through the noise and debris, and occasionally finds things that look like they might be of use.
So I guess I’ve largely stopped caring anymore when I see something on Tumblr that doesn’t make sense. To paraphrase Neal Stephenson: Pursuing an explanation for every nonsensical thing you see on Tumblr is like trying to get every last drop of rainwater out of an abandoned tire.