Since the beginning of existence, humans have taken themselves too seriously. And now that everyone is on the Internet, we’ve taken things to the next level. With the cloak of reasonable anonymity, people feel free to spew all kinds of crud for the world to read. And they have an opinion on EVERYTHING.
But, familiarity doesn’t change much. Even an acquaintance will break it down and keep it real for you…whether you asked or not.
I’m sure ancient Facebook archives read something like this:
9:36 a.m. Thag paint cave.
“Look at Thag! Thag kill saber-tooth tiger with stick, so no kill woman! Yay, Thag!”
9:37 a.m. Comment on paint cave from Crog
“Thag no kill saber-tooth tiger with stick. Too mean. Use rock, instead. Rock better. Thag bad for use stick. Crog make sure Thag thrown out of gated community and no use clubhouse pool anymore.”
We complain about it, but on the whole, we’ve embraced the new brashness while crying for civility. Businesses have cropped up based on this new standard, and now it’s almost unthinkable that people would not speak their minds on any given subject.Sometimes this is good, and sometimes this is bad.
For instance, there’s Yelp, which describes itself as “the fun and easy way to find and talk about great (and not so great) local businesses.”
The site can be quite helpful in selecting a restaurant, picking a new doctor, or any number of different services. The idea is folks review stuff, and other people read those reviews to decide whether or not they want to patronize the establishment. Good idea, really.
But, since people inevitably take themselves too seriously, many of the reviews are full of DRAMA.
You know I’m right!
Joe Plummer knew it, too. That’s probably why he made Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews ™, a couple of videos with real DRAMA.
Of course, some of the reviews are just funny on purpose. To those Yelpers I say, “Bravo!”
I can’t wait for more in this series!