Today I read an article about how we exaggerate all the time and it reminded me of that terrible joke my pal’s mum used to make: “Haven’t I told you a million times not to exaggerate ? Heh heh heh!” And then she would laugh so much at her own joke that she’d have to leave the room. The article talked about how we, as a generation, use exaggeration throughout social media when documenting our day-to-day activities. For example, someone went for a meal in a generic restaurant, took a photo, instagrammed it, put it on Facebook, whatsapped it to his/her pal, captioned it with “fat bastard and wot???” before finally settling down to eat that pepperoni pizza. If we look at that pepperoni pizza through the eyes of social media it would have been depicted as ‘THE BEST PEPPERONI PIZZA ON THIS EARTH’, the best meal she’s ever eaten, the cheesiest and meatiest motherfucker in town. It could have been a mediocre slice but who’s to know that? Using Valencia or Earlybird, something mildly pleasant can be transformed into an IMAX-esque experience so that people across the internet will be “gutted” they missed it. That new haircut could have been featured in Vogue (or so she thinks, stoopid bitch) and wow, look at that great night out, all those excellent cocktails and beautiful gals…oh no wait, it’s just Bamboo.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of the West of Scotland have successfully matched emailing styles with characteristics supposedly held by 15 different types of bird. Research was undertaken following a statement from Dr. Karen Renaud, senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow, that email is an important tool in modern life that is used by different people in different ways. For some reason the conclusion was that our emailing styles are similar to different types of bird. The robin is associated with good email etiquette, with the owl (what with being nocturnal and that) being linked to late-night emailers and the peacock, a famously showy bird, primarily using email to get attention.