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Stupid LookAtMe's

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What, exactly, is the point of purposely announcing loudly and prominently that you have strong opinions on an issue, but that you're going to keep it to yourself? We can't express our opinion tactfully like a mature adult?

If you're going to shut up, then shut the fuck up. No need for fanfare. Attention Monkeys® are so lame.

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badkarma_05
Oct. 12th, 2002 08:13 am (UTC)
I'm quite certain that I'm an Attention Monkey.
bride
Oct. 12th, 2002 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re:
Really? I've never really seen you do anything Attention Monkey-ish. =}
xinit
Oct. 12th, 2002 08:13 am (UTC)
THAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT. DRAMA QUEENS! But, I suppose I shouldn't complain.
bride
Oct. 12th, 2002 01:44 pm (UTC)
I swear it's International Piss-the-Bride-Off-with-Drama-Queen-ness Week. =}

I've heard this several times from different people in different situations ("I have _very_ strong opinions on X, but I'm _not_ going to say anything").

It was really starting to get to me. It's like, what is everyone's problem this week?!?!
incognita
Oct. 12th, 2002 09:34 am (UTC)
my two cents
ugh, I agree so completely...

I think I would understand more if it was a different opinion, but when it's the same thing a dozen other people have said then there's just no point.
bride
Oct. 12th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: my two cents
It's not just her =)

I've heard this several times this week from different people in different situations ("I have _very_ strong opinions on X, but I'm _not_ going to say anything").

It was really starting to get to me. It's like, what is everyone's problem this week?!?!
trigeekgirl
Oct. 12th, 2002 10:06 am (UTC)
could you, perhaps, be referencing a recent post in weddingplans? :)
bride
Oct. 12th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re:
It's not just her =)

I've heard this several times this week from different people in different situations ("I have _very_ strong opinions on X, but I'm _not_ going to say anything").

It was really starting to get to me. It's like, what is everyone's problem this week?!?!
trigeekgirl
Oct. 12th, 2002 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oooh, lookie, a form reply. :)

Just kidding, not really bugging you about a form reply since incognita and I did say the same thing.

I've just never seen a form comment. :)
bride
Oct. 12th, 2002 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re:
Yes, copy'n'paste is a wonderful thing =) I wish I could reply to two people at the same time, but that would make a mess out of the TALKREAD view =D
yduras
Oct. 14th, 2002 06:10 am (UTC)
Well it may depend on the circumstances
I have been known to use some variant on "I have strong opinions on issue X, which differ significantly from those you just expressed. In the interest of peace in this forum, maybe we should drop the subject."

I use that in situations where the resultant flamewar if I responded (or let the conversation go on until I felt goaded to respond) would be both off topic and needlessly unpleasant.

I am perfectly aware that my political opinions are, well, somewhat to the left of many of my online friends, and that no amount of back-and-forth is going to change anybody's mind. In that case, the announcement that I have a strong opinion is a warning that I won't be able to let the subject drop if it comes to debate, so the time to drop is it before it becomes a debate.

I don't know if this is the situation you ran into, but it is one possible reason.
bride
Oct. 14th, 2002 01:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Well it may depend on the circumstances
It definitely depends on circumstances, you're right.

I completely understand that there is a time and place for that kind of statement. I have used it myself, but there are also times when it's obvious that the person is just saying it to try to regain the upper hand when his/her argument just doesn't have a leg to stand on.
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