....of South Park where everybody eventually buys hybrid cars and become so full of themselves and self righteous, they start sniffing their own farts because they smell soooooo good?
Sometimes I feel like I'm surrounded by people like that. Not in real life. But in the blogging/tweeting world. What can possibly make a person feel and BELIEVE they are so much better than others around them? How to people fall for this and start following them...believing them...believing IN them? They become minions in the hopes that one day they can attain something close to the same level of popularity.
I call it the circle jerk theory. (well, a friend really coined the term, but i'm stealing it as my own.)
it kind of goes like this:
Fart sniffer 1: omg i am SO awesome!
FS 2: omg yes you are!
FS 1: omg thanks! YOU are awesome, too!
FS 2: you are AWESOME for saying that!
FS 3: you are BOTH awesome! look how awesome they are, everybody!!! *takes deep sniff*
and so on, and so forth.
I haven't been able to read blogs or my twitter stream lately because it is full of SMUG.
SMUG is polluting my stream. It is choking out all the worthwhile conversation and bits of information, and I really can't take it anymore.
And then comes KLOUT. Really? I start getting friend requests up the ass because having more followers increases your KLOUT score. You aren't my friend. You don't even want to pretend to be my friend. But you want me as your follower because I BOOST your numbers. I add to your KLOUT.
Yes, I have to type KLOUT in caps b/c it just annoys me THAT much.
How successful are you in your own little world? How much influence do YOU have?
What all of this boils down to is: HOW POPULAR ARE YOU??????
And that, my friends, is the crux of this post. Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIn, whatever...has turned into THE biggest sham of a popularity contest circle jerk that I have ever seen.
I have a few close friends. They tell me the truth. And my input means something to them. I'm not just a number. I'm not just a KLOUT score.
And I sure as hell am not going to start sniffing my own farts anytime soon.