Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Not What I Meant


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if the off-the-cuff sarcastic response you made online was taken seriously? And it went viral...

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  1. I try to restrain myself from off the cuff comments for similar reasons, especially if it has to do with a recent news report. It's scary what can happen to people whose comments go viral. It brings out the worst in humanity.

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    1. Yeah, it's easy to be caught up in something with not enough information.

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  2. I think I would have to get a new identity and probably move to a place without internet avialable.

    betty

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  3. available. Obviously I can't spell today :)

    betty

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  4. An author's worst nightmare, that's what!

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  5. I would say it was not me; it was my cousine. :)

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    1. But only if your cousin has your same name, I expect.

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  6. I pretty much assume that anyway. It's why I obsess over some replies until I know for sure that the recipient got that I was joking.

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  7. haha....I would probably laugh, course that would depend on what the comment was and who it was about. I try to not be to serious about comments I post like on FB, I stay away from politics mostly but just a couple weeks ago I spoke up on politics and it might not have gone viral all over the internet but it went viral via my fb page and friends....ticked some off...oh well.

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    1. But if it goes viral amongst your friends, they'd know what you meant. I hope. It's harder when it goes out amongst strangers.

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  8. I came across a sarcastic remark I made in my high school newspaper decades ago. I sounded like a frigid prude. These days, most times I usually write a sarcastic reply then delete it.

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  9. I might feel temporarily chagrined. (I do talk a lot of sh%t on twitter, but nothing I post goes viral.)

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    1. Viral would put it in a whole different catagory, I think.

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  10. Ugh...been there and boy, people need to chill a bit. Thank goodness no one ever took me seriously when I said Trump needs to look like. Big baby in diapers with a soother in his mouth...oh, I just noticed some balloons:)

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    1. More people agree with that sentiment than not, I suspect.

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  11. Eh maybe try to make it work for me and make some money off it some how (affiliate links and such) since everyone was paying attention to my accounts.

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