This is the off-topic/rant section of ATS, and so I feel that, if I wish to make my views known anywhere, this is probably the place.
lol, LOL, Lol, l.o.l - in all its forms, I despise it.
Laugh Out Loud, I believe, being its root, it belongs firmly in text messages sent between mobile 'phones - and within that category, in the text
messages of absolute morons who can't be bothered to type the two extra letters of "funny", or even just extend the pointless abbreviation by a single
letter to "haha".
When I first posted on ATS, I was pleased to see a notice asking posters not to use such "txt spk", and for a large part, this instruction is followed
- not so, however, for lol. It seems to have transcended media and become firmly wedged into the minds of my generation, and it sickens me to the
core. What is worse, of course, is that I find myself on the edge of typing it from time to time. Not only is this meme extremely irritating, then, it
is self propogating and forces people to conform.
If people would just write "Wow, that was really funny, I actually laughed aloud and everyone stared at me", or "haha", et cetera, when they thought
that something was funny, and end with that much less offensive (sic.) when they were indicating perhaps subtle humour on their part, I feel that the
world would be a much better place.
I'm going to stop short of saying that we should kill everyone that uses it, however, because I remain hopeful that its power over its victims will
die if we can only find and exterminate the original source. In all probability, it probably originated in a NASA lab where microsoft and the US
government are using alien technology to test out mind control of the global population. If we don't stop lol now, we shall all become mindless
government slave soldiers when they release their next super-meme (sic.).
That's about it. I feel a lot better, actually.
If anyone's response is "lol", I shall track them down and beat them to death with a teapot.
edit on 10/12/2010 by TheWill because: because I can't type the word "it", apparently.