A little while ago I posted an entry about the small things that give me little moments of glee. Today I’m going to write about some of the small things that give me little moments of despair or “wtf”.
1. Live-tweeting a TV show or film every time something happens or every single minute (unless your name is Baratunde Thurston and you’re hate-tweeting Twilight).
Twitter is a huge beast that stretches across oceans, borders, continents and languages. It can be used to share important news items, give up to date information about something happening RIGHT NOW, let your pals know what you’re up to, or just link people to interesting articles or bits of Internet fodder. If you use Twitter you’ll know that sometimes a news feed is slow, and sometimes you can barely keep up.
What Twitter does not need is an endless stream of “That guy fell down #comedyfilm”, “omg his trousers split #comedyfilm”, “Ha that’s his boss! #comedyfilm” or “Watching something on a UK-only TV channel that isn’t relevant to 99% of the world but I’m going to do this every minute for an hour”. There’s no need, really. You can easily say in two or three tweets what you blether in 50.
2. Going to a concert wearing the band’s shirt.
Isn’t it enough that you paid for a ticket, turned up at the venue, paid an extortionate amount of money for a small beverage and are willing to be treated like cattle so you can see one of your favourite bands live? If it’s a weekday night you’re also going to be going to work the next day with your ears still ringing and stomach churning from nasty venue food. That’s enough dedication. I know that humans are still very primitive in a lot of ways and that includes wanting to belong to a tribe and informing others of your loyalties and interests. That’s fine if you’re into that sort of thing, but you’re here to have a good time with people from similar tribes so just relax, yeah? You’re only going to get beer and sweat all over yourself anyway, so why risk ruining an expensive shirt?
3. Not saying “please” or “thank you” to staff in shops/restaurants/anywhere.
Retail workers are people too! Weren’t you ever taught basic politeness? If someone does something nice for you, even if it’s their job, don’t be a dick.
4. People getting annoyed by things that don’t directly affect them.
Touché. We’re all only human