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The *Jerry Springer Show* on /.

evil_toy_maker (614007) writes | more than 11 years ago

User Journal 12


I couldn't resist not posting this in my journal.
I couldn't resist not posting this in my journal.

Too funny!

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Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6354371)

Thanks for the link, I guess. I was delighted that at least *one* person (besides myself, of course) found that whole scene as hilarious as I did.

What I wanted to ask last night, but was extraneous to my reply at the time, was that if Rusty gets to be a drag queen, can I wear black, fringed leather chaps, a biker hat, and a studded dog collar? Please? ;-)

I look forward to seeing you around more!

....Bethanie....

Re:Hey. (1)

evil_toy_maker (614007) | more than 11 years ago | (#6354675)

Thanks for the link, I guess. I was delighted that at least *one* person (besides myself, of course) found that whole scene as hilarious as I did.

Anytime!!

OMG!.....
I think I shook the entire house with my laughter!
My significant other was in here on the phone with his office and had to leave the room from me laughing so hard. Thanks for the laughs! ;-)

Re:Hey. (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#6355876)

if Rusty gets to be a drag queen, can I wear black, fringed leather chaps, a biker hat, and a studded dog collar?

Well, I could have done without that image of Rustin, but the rest... :-) Seriously, though, I thought that his response was a bit of an overreaction. But the title of this JE nailed it perfectly. Perhaps Slashdot is some kind of virtual trailer park, in that it seems to bring out the Springerish side of some people? I'm trying to figure out Chacham, but he is very inconsistent.

Re:Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6356052)

Well, on-line journals, blogs, etc. are definitely cousins of TV talk shows. OK, maybe they're the cousins with the college degrees, but there's still done in the same confessional, exhibitionist vein. Perhaps it comes from, rather than specifically seeking *approval*, at least being willing to broadcast the worst of our thoughts and behaviors out there and heaving a sigh of relief when we aren't condemned and cursed by our readers.

As far as Chacham, I have to disagree with you. He is *very* consistent -- he follows his rule to the nth -- you use a word he finds offensive, he foes you. Period. End of discussion. No negotiation, no redemption.

As I think my word was "masturbation," his range of what "offensive" covers is probably pretty wide, from a conventional perspective.

So don't feel bad -- just join the club and know that you're in good company! :-)

....Bethanie....

P.S. I wouldn't have had you picked for such a leather & studs fan... but isn't it always the quiet ones you've got to watch out for? ;-)

Re:Hey. (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#6357760)

Good point about on-line journals and blogs being related to talk shows; it's quite possible that they are manifestations of some underlying social/cultural tendency. I think that is is related to the changing nature of communities. A hundred years ago, communities were overwhelmingly based on geography (you interacted with the people who lived near you). With the rise of efficient long-distance and mass communication, and the virtual neighborhoods offered by computers, the nature of community has changed from geographic to interest-based and value-based. In the past, you were pretty much limited to one community. Those communities tended to enforce homogeneity, that is, values and outlook were community-driven. This has been reversed, to a significant extent - the community (or communities) to which one belongs are driven by one's values and outlook.

Of course, the changes are still shaking out. And they are not an unreservedly good thing - communities based on negative or antisocial values (neo-Nazis, pedophiles, and so on) thrive as well as those based on other tenets. It will be very interesting to see where we are in another hundred years. I'd love to be twenty years old right now (I'd say two years old, but I'm not eager to do adolescence again, particularly after seeing it from the parent's view).

Yes, Chacham does seem to follow his rule a bit obsessively. "Earthy" language doesn't bother me, but I don't tend to use it, either. Except when I'm driving. :-) Actually, his inconsistency is more intellectual. Occasionally, he comes up with an interesting thought, but then follows it up with something inane. The whole "questions have no standing" thing reminded me of the "intellectual" discussions that went on when I was a sophomore in high school. Trying way to hard to be profound. So I would have tagged him as about 15 years old, except that his Slashdot ID means that he's been around for maybe four or five years. The thing he posted about the Greek Orthodox patriarch was interesting, though.

A wide range of "offensive" implies a mind that is not open to new ideas or change, in my opinion. One would think, though, that the concept of redemption would not be foreign to a Christian. Of course, one of the prime aspects of human sapience seems to be the ability to ignore the uncomfortable. :-)

...but isn't it always the quiet ones you've got to watch out for?

Indeed. ;-) An interesting mind requires both breadth and depth.

Re:Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6358537)

Nice, pithy response. I agree -- it's the communal urge.

But I also wanted to mention that I don't think Chacham is Christian -- someone mentioned his study of the Torah (or something similar) -- I believe he's Jewish. So THAT should explain A LOT! (JUST KIDDING -- PLEASE don't think I'm anti-semitic, OK?! It's JUST an off-hand remark meant satirically. What it's really saying is: "He's not Christian, he's a Jew -- knowledge of this fact has no bearing on anything else that we think about him." Sheesh. I hate this religion stuff -- the eggshells you have to walk on!)

An interesting mind requires both breadth and depth.

Funny... I prefer to think of it in the terms of girth and length... ;-)

....Bethanie....

Re:Hey. (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#6359299)

You're right about Chacham being Jewish. I went back through his older journal entries. I think that someone who is a Christian had referred to him as being "devout", and I made the obvious (wrong) assumption. I'm not sure how redemption figures in Jewish theology.

Those off-hand remarks can get you in trouble. Just ask Trent Lott. :-)

Funny... I prefer to think of it in the terms of girth and length...

Now, Bethanie, don't make things hard, er, difficult...

Re:Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6359446)

Now, Bethanie, don't make things hard, er, difficult...

Control! You *must* learn control!!

....Bethanie....

Re:Hey. (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#6360638)

When I read that, the first thing that came to mind was the slogan "Gun control means hitting what I aim at" (or whatever the actual wording is).

Re:Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6360955)

Well, it was supposed to be Yoda. Go figure.

....Bethanie....

Re:Hey. (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#6358512)

BTW, you're famous now! Check this [slashdot.org] post. When AC's question your gender in a first post, you know that you've really arrived! :-)

Re:Hey. (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6358721)

Wow. Thanks. I think that deserves a JE!

....Bethanie....
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