There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not
being talked about. --Oscar Wilde.
It was not by design
but by accident
that one of the biggest wars I have ever seen (on-line) kicked off.
A small and under-rated Goth
posted a small but interesting rant
. The ranter used such words as
in the same sentence and slagged of not only a little known and offensive band but also the fans of said
immature kids. The entire sentence was in fact:
The mammiferous obsession of many an adolescent is temporally bypassed by the plebeian patricide inclinations of the teen fans.
Not perfect English
but definitely showy.
The ranter was well pleased with his comic creation
and showed his friends (myself included) and one friend showed a girl who he fancied. This girl was a fan of said little band. (you can see where this is leading).
The girl posted a message on the fan forum
packed chock full of angry Cool goth kiddies wearing all black
and the result was an over night success - six jammed pages of rant in their forum spilled into war when the users found their swear-word filled flames deleted from the blogs comments section.
It might have ended there but for the implementation
of the challenge. A self important DJ
challenged the Goth Blog to a Blog-duel! So the Goth Blog complete with it's users
powerful command of long words proceeded to make the DJ look a little silly.
Somehow another Blog writer got involved and wrote a few posts on the both as judge and referee. At the same time an angry band member swore he'd get
vengeance if only someone could find the Goth's email address. The Goth obliged the ranter with said hotmail address.
A very funny post followed when the ranter couldn't use the email address due to not understanding the underscore
Then another (band member this time) started a blog just to slag-off and denounce the single post and it's author.
In the end there were some four or five blogs, a forum and goodness knows who else
commenting publicly on a single post in an unheard of blog.
The poor under-educated ranters started to pale in the face of words such as puerile
. I must admit that even I had reached for the dictionary by this stage.
The last new news I heard was that slash Goth had an article submitted on the subject. This debate has spread
across the world and back like a virus on speed
Re-reading the whole thing now I am stuck by the variation of Regional information
non-Goths on the topic of Goths. There seemed to me to be a typically teen-age Atychiphobia
(fear of failing) in the angry response from the band and the fans or perhaps more
(fear of opinions).
The goths have also posted a copy of the flame to end all flames
which the bands fans did not get.
In a weak moment I found myself thinking that this truly was a vindication of the authority of fathers
to beat total numb-nut teens
until respect is learned.
But the sociology
aside for a moment - there is an interesting side effect to all this and I wonder if the
Goths knew this from the start. All these blogs commenting and posting links has of course resulted in a jump in the google rank
.com value of this tiny on-line personal journal. It has raised in my mind new questions as to the nature of fame
, self promotion
and the power of the
individual to shake things up.
Interestingly today: I also found that one of the bands fans hate started a hate Blog dedicated to the goth
s and thier defenders. It seems it is just starting to heat up.
The article that sparked it all: http://artofpain.blogspot.com/2004/05/and-now-nu-death-metler-skata-goth-it.html