November 15th, 2008

Piro - blank, Piro - not impressed, Piro - bored

Writer's Block: Writer's Block

Does anyone else think these things are incredibly fucking lame?

(NOT) Submitted by sailornash

I have sort of a love/hate/annoyed relationship with this thing. It's called "Writer's Block". Yeah, it's in this cute little block of text at the top of the screen...I get it. And it's named after that museless state that we've all reached when we have nothing to post, nothing to say, not a drop of creativity flowing through our empty veins. It does make sense to have this kind of a feature. It would be helpful for the users to spur their creative juices, if it worked as intended, and it would be good for the company as it spurs people to use their site more often. In theory, it's win/win.

Problem is, it's fucking useless. It does nothing to prompt thought-provoking entries. It does nothing to spur creativity. Most subjects can be answered in a mere word or two - a fact that I've often mocked in the past. The topics are often too lame to even bother with. In short, it FAILS at the one and only purpose for which it was created.

All it ends up being is a backwards meme. And as a meme, it succeeds remarkably well. The main page asks the community a question. The community jots down a few random comments, all shown on their own Answers page. High level of participation, even if it is only a sentence or two. Further discussions branch off in each person's journal. And this formula works better than you or me coming up with a fun but random question and then tossing it in our journal where only a small subset of readers would even see it, much less choose to participate. Works really well as a conversation starter for a social networking site...but still, it's a meaningless Meme Of The Day at best. The same mindless but sometimes entertaining things that we all do from time to time. It does nothing at all to cure even the mildest case of Writer's Block.

[EDIT]: And yes, I am aware of the delicious irony of the one and only time the Writer's Block segment spurring a topic for discussion is by mocking that very feature.
Tasuki - you're kidding...

Dear TV Sportscaster Assholes:

Please explain to me how on one channel, when Florida's beating the snot out of someone by 50 points, they're cheering and celebrating and making comments about how awesome it is seeing someone "hanging half a hundred" on an opponent. And then in the very next game when BAMA plays, and we're up 19 points with over eight minutes to go? THESE guys are complaining that we threw the ball. Asking why we were throwing the ball at this point in the game. Despite the obvious fact, of course, that we were still trying to play a football game here. That and there was a dude wide open and that he ran for twenty yards after catching the ball because he was so wide-ass open. Somehow, that doesn't sound quite right to me?

Not love,