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posted by drezdn to Bugs at 4:28 PM (60 comments total)

Did we really need a Michael Jackson post filled with one liners and off hand remarks?
posted by drezdn at 4:29 PM on June 13, 2005


Beats another war thread.
posted by ColdChef at 4:33 PM on June 13, 2005


No more than we needed a MetaTalk thread about it.

Which reminds me Mr. Wong's accusation to his wife when she presented him with a suspiciously caucasian-appearing baby.

Two Wongs don't make a white.
posted by yhbc at 4:34 PM on June 13, 2005


^of
posted by yhbc at 4:35 PM on June 13, 2005


We probably didn't need the post, but...what's the harm?
posted by ColdChef at 4:35 PM on June 13, 2005


Why not? It's funny and harmless. It will be gone soon enough.
posted by cedar at 4:37 PM on June 13, 2005


Eh; if Matt deletes this post, people will just keep trying to repost the news. Leaving this one thread up is probably better than having to repeatedly delete Jackson verdict posts.
posted by mr_roboto at 4:41 PM on June 13, 2005


If I hadn't posted the thread, someone else would have. Given that every redblooded American I knew was obsessed with this stuff and I was mystified by this obsessive reaction, I wanted to see if MeFites were too.

Plus, polarizing it under "obligatory MeFi thread" means only one thread on something that people apparently want to talk about it. And for our fearless leader, Mr. Haughey, it's less work deleting ten thousand MeFi threads on the subject.

Sure, it's horrible, it's tawdry, and it's nowhere nearly as pertinent as deconstructing Proust with a humorless bunch over herbal tea and custom-baked scones. But if you don't like it, ignore it. And if Matt doesn't like it, he can delete it.

Hell, if I'm a problem MeFite, he's entitled to delete me this weekend. I'll be in pasties this Saturday night.
posted by ed at 4:42 PM on June 13, 2005


until there is a Newsfilter of MeFites, the blue is the next best thing that i have to an intelligent community to click to that not only discusses the best of the web, but will provide at least one insight or snappy one-liner regarding todays current events.

and as the others have said, theres no harm in one topical post a day on the blue about what Everyone is talking about. if anything it helps build the community.

now where are the bunnies with the pancake hats?
posted by tsarfan at 5:07 PM on June 13, 2005


It brought ed attention. Yay ed.
posted by justgary at 5:20 PM on June 13, 2005


I think it was fine. What is the call-out for exactly? It isn't like we've seen a million MJ posts.
posted by OmieWise at 5:23 PM on June 13, 2005


Everyone's talking about M.J. today, why not Metafilter?
posted by dial-tone at 5:29 PM on June 13, 2005


Look at it this way: this thread may be historic. It may kill off the "I for one" statements.
posted by ed at 5:31 PM on June 13, 2005


I'll be in pasties this Saturday night.

Nipple or Cornish?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:31 PM on June 13, 2005


Resistance is futile.
posted by caddis at 5:46 PM on June 13, 2005


some things end up being posted because they're so prominent ... it's going to happen ... just consider it as if it's weather and accept it
posted by pyramid termite at 5:48 PM on June 13, 2005


You all make very good points.
posted by drezdn at 5:58 PM on June 13, 2005


"really need?"

We don't really need anything. I'm not saying if I support the callout or not, either way, but it isn't very well articulated. Make a case and we'll talk.
posted by scarabic at 6:14 PM on June 13, 2005


So... Proust anyone? I burned my scones by surely we can salvage what's left of the evening?

Good to see you again Ed!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:02 PM on June 13, 2005


Donutcare!
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:04 PM on June 13, 2005


"but surely"..
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:08 PM on June 13, 2005


ed++

would read again
posted by five fresh fish at 7:15 PM on June 13, 2005


"Did we really need a Michael Jackson post filled with one liners and off hand remarks?"

Did you really expect deep analysis and reasoned debate? ;-P
posted by mischief at 7:18 PM on June 13, 2005


alright ... your mission ... "summarize proust in 30 seconds"
posted by pyramid termite at 7:19 PM on June 13, 2005


This was inevitable as the Schiavo death thread. Some threads are just going to happen.

I'm not in any way trying to attach equal importance to the issues, but we all knew both were coming. And I'd like to believe that in both cases there weren't some disappointed trigger fingers, but, well...
posted by Cyrano at 7:28 PM on June 13, 2005


tsarfan : "and as the others have said, theres no harm in one topical post a day on the blue about what Everyone is talking about. if anything it helps build the community."

While I agree with pretty much everything that has been said in this thread, "one topical post a day"?!
I'd say one a week or one a month, but one a day seems quite the overboard.
posted by Bugbread at 7:36 PM on June 13, 2005


summarize proust in 30 seconds

Proust did some things, and decided to write about them in great detail.
posted by drezdn at 7:37 PM on June 13, 2005


Crap.
posted by Kwantsar at 8:36 PM on June 13, 2005


Cornish nipples.
posted by me3dia at 8:58 PM on June 13, 2005


Clearly, the post had no place in the Metafilter community, as no one commented in it.
posted by dreamsign at 9:32 PM on June 13, 2005


I have not seen a thread, yet, with no comments. People like to deface, one can't resist. So, I'm not too sure your sarcasm works on this thing.
posted by gsb at 10:26 PM on June 13, 2005


actually, dumb me, that should be "I have not seen a post, yet,"

I'm off
posted by gsb at 10:27 PM on June 13, 2005


ed, were you at Avalon Sunday night?
posted by Space Kitty at 10:33 PM on June 13, 2005


Well, I suppose, as a community, we have the right to resist graffiti. But some would argue that that is a community right, also.
posted by dreamsign at 10:42 PM on June 13, 2005


gsb: 1, 2, 3.
posted by tellurian at 11:05 PM on June 13, 2005


Even shorter Proust: Didn't I eat cookies once?
posted by klangklangston at 11:31 PM on June 13, 2005


And this 0 commenter referenced Jackson [no idea what it was though].
posted by tellurian at 11:32 PM on June 13, 2005


klangklangston: :)
posted by taz at 12:17 AM on June 14, 2005


Kind of off topic, but it should be noted that all three of the uncommented posts tellurian pointed out had the bad luck to neighbor especially attention-grabbing threads: the first was just before the Condoleeza Rice-dominatrix thread, the second came before Golden Gate Bridge suicide thread, and the last was bracketed between the unsecured webcams post and the Six Apart to buy Live Journal post.

I've noticed that lots of posts tend to be somewhat overlooked when they are posted near a hot thread, especially on busy days (where busy means more posts) when posts scroll down faster.
posted by taz at 12:37 AM on June 14, 2005


I have not seen more than 5 posts with no comments. People like to deface, one can't resist. So, I'm not too sure your sarcasm works on this thing.

I'm still off
posted by gsb at 12:45 AM on June 14, 2005


Obligatory video of Triumph at the Jackson Trial
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:18 AM on June 14, 2005


Given that every redblooded American I knew was obsessed with this stuff . . .

. . . what Everyone is talking about

I've changed my mind. I don't need to get out more.

posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:35 AM on June 14, 2005


summarize proust in 30 seconds

proust in 30 seconds was the original french version of gone in 60 seconds and far superior to the hollywood remake.
It was about a bunch of weedy existentialists that ran round paris libraries stealing books.
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:53 AM on June 14, 2005


Please obliviate ed. He doesn't care if his metafilter output's erased and his time here behind him. He will always communicate what everyone want to think anyway. He content to go back to laying his nonsense on his friends...
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:26 AM on June 14, 2005


If I hadn't posted the thread, someone else would have. Given that every redblooded American I knew was obsessed with this stuff

Michael who? Seriously, I had no idea a verdict was coming out until several coworkers gathered 'round the net feed and turned up the volume. I couldn't give a rat's ass for Michael Jackson either way. Let the jury decide it it; I don't care.
posted by Doohickie at 4:58 AM on June 14, 2005


ed : "Given that every redblooded American I knew was obsessed with this stuff"

I'll take the high road and assume that I'm blue-blooded, then. I didn't think the Michael Jackson verdict was coming out for another 2 or 3 years. Out of curiosity, what caused the wheels of justice to grind quickly this time?
posted by Bugbread at 5:12 AM on June 14, 2005


lubricant
posted by dflemingdotorg at 5:43 AM on June 14, 2005


Given that every redblooded American I knew was obsessed with this stuff

Your circle of friends is either very small or very vapid. Or both.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:27 AM on June 14, 2005


Apart from MJ - is it just my feeling or does MeFi contain more and more trivia of the bad kind?

I always admired this community for it's addiction to arts and politics plus it's dedication to weird and wonderful topics.

I don't 'funny' stuff - but I do mind stuff you would find in the yellow press and celebrity crap.
posted by homodigitalis at 7:15 AM on June 14, 2005


I don't MIND funny stuff .... *grmpf*
posted by homodigitalis at 7:16 AM on June 14, 2005


I, for one, welcome the end of "I, for one..." comments.

So knock off the "funny stuff."
posted by warbaby at 7:35 AM on June 14, 2005


Add me to the list of people who had no idea that this was due. (but I'm not American) That being said, perhaps the occasional pop-culture post satisfies the need such that we can go on with more interesting stuff. Isn't this just another case of "I don't want to see that on the FP?" So move on.

I will add that, if nothing else, it gave us another chance to discuss notions of guilt, innocense and evidence. A discussion that needs to continue, by the looks of it.
posted by dreamsign at 7:37 AM on June 14, 2005


homodigitalis : "is it just my feeling or does MeFi contain more and more trivia of the bad kind?"

Well, it's probably not just your feeling (after all, all it takes is one person to agree with you to counter that), but while I think MeFi contains more trivia of the bad kind, I don't think it's a bad thing. That is, trivia of the bad kind is bad because it's toxic in large concentrations. In low concentrations, it's harmless. It's like cooking oil: it's not quite good for you, but it's nice in small quantities. Too much and you die.

So, yeah, there's a bit more trivia on MeFi, but it's at the "flavoring" stage, not the "bad for your health" stage.
posted by Bugbread at 8:03 AM on June 14, 2005


Add me to the list of people who knew that a Mefi thread was inevitable, and also knew that it would be called out, and considered posting it myself anyway, but I got too busy.

Even shorter Proust: "This cookie....my childhood!"

Thank you, thank you. And that's the end of the competition! As always, the winner is the Mefite with the biggest tits.
posted by soyjoy at 8:08 AM on June 14, 2005


Now back to what MetaFilter is for: Name Our Puppy.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:57 AM on June 14, 2005


Nipple or Cornish?

I snarfed when I read this.
posted by Specklet at 10:04 AM on June 14, 2005


Thanks, tellurian, for bringing up my shameful no-comment first FPP again.
posted by goatdog at 8:20 AM on June 15, 2005


The verdict thread will have to do until someone finds or comes up with a Jacko regression to occupy us.

Besides, it was a funny thread. These days it seems like the choice is laughing or crying and crying gives the bastards the satisfaction of knowing they got to you so laugh instead.

I will point and laugh at his fans who never bothered themselves with any of the facts of the case. Especially the douchebag who had a restraining order laid on him by the Court TV chick because he was intentionally disrupting her broadcasts.
posted by fenriq at 10:21 AM on June 15, 2005


Insert obligatory argument that the word "obligatory" should get a moratorium here. Aside from that, I found nothing wrong with yet another MJ thread, even though Google claims MJ's been referred to at least a hundred times in MeFi's existence. Comparatively, the word "obligatory" has only been mentioned 74 times.
posted by ZachsMind at 4:12 PM on June 15, 2005


Statement of astonishment that no one has posted in four days.
posted by grouse at 12:50 AM on June 19, 2005


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