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18 June 2009 @ 09:31 am
You're So Vain: A New Subject Header  
Every now and then, I'll see a topic or a line of thought or, hell, a spelling or grammatical error that crops up repeatedly over the span of a few days -- often enough that I feel the need to make a LiveJournal comment about it.

I usually include a note that I've been seeing this [whatever] in a number of different places, and that my comments aren't aimed at anyone in particular.

Invariably, that note is ignored, and at least one person will respond most heatedly as if I were in fact addressing them specifically. It's not just a matter of getting defensive about their position; sometimes, they will come right out and say "you didn't need to take this public".

You know who you are. Don't try to deny it. Yes, I'm talking to you. You're the only one who has ever done this.

You may have noticed that I run a few "sub-columns" in this journal, usually identified by headers. The Hoard Potato talks about mass media, Understating Athelind's Argot discusses peculiar turns of phrase that I use, Film at 11 talks about the news of the day, and so on.

From here on, when I make a broad response to something that more than one person has brought up that annoys me, or that I feel needs response, I am going to use this header: You're So Vain.

Just for you.

I feel: grumpygrumpy
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on June 18th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed that, hehe. When I read the comments to the faun/fawn thing there seemed to be one or two fairly heated defensive reactions to it. ;) But we are, in fact, so vain.

THIS SONG IS ABOUT ME! No, really, it is!
Terminotaur: Totter deviousterminotaur on June 18th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to write a long comment about this and how it would contrast in ways with the post to which it comments on, but I get the impression I may be on some thin ice as of late.
Your Obedient Serpent: coyote laughsathelind on June 19th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Funny, I made this post because I thought I was on thin ice.