Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Day 18

12:45 A.M.

There's one particular comment from a Meltzer thread I've been meaning to highlight.

There were multiple threads few days ago regarding Dave Meltzer's comments on Bad Bunny.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned it at the end of the "Day 16" post.  Here is a post titled "Dave Meltzer on Latin culture’s dislike for the WWE 24/7 Champion Bad Bunny while also dismissing WWE’s use of him:"  It got 16 upvotes and is 55% upvoted.   And there were two other threads.  One post had the title "Dave Meltzer, a 61 year old white man, discusses the Latin culture’s dislike of Bad Bunny. He then dismisses WWE’s use of him since “what’s a bunch of 55 year old white guys gonna know about Latin culture.”"  The other post had the title: "Dave Meltzer, a 61 year old white man, discusses the Latin culture’s dislike of Bad Bunny. He then dismisses WWE’s use of him since “what’s a bunch of 55 year old white guys gonna know about Latin culture.” 😂 😆 😝"  All three posts linked to a video from Bluray Wrestling's Twitter account which was snipped from an episode of Wrestling Observe Radio.    

Dave was skeptical about whether Bad Bunny would be this big coup for WWE in terms of ratings and popularity, and he was talking about Latin culture and how Bad Bunny wasn't necessarily loved by everyone.  And he was saying over and over that he wasn't sure what the end result would be, or how positive it would be for WWE, but he said it very could be a big coup like they seemed to be hoping.  And a lot of people were ripping him apart for this.

The comment I want to highlight came from a user named thewhat23, who wrote: "Bad Bunny is disliked by some in the Latino community because he is very open about been pro lgbtq and very open about been for transgender rights. If I was Meltzer, I would sit this one out."  The comment got 14 upvotes.  The implication is that the WWE stans are going to start smearing Meltzer as being anti-LGBTQ if he continues to criticize Bad Bunny.  There are some people who just outright say 'Fuck Meltzer' (or "Fuck Metzler.")  But the rule on Wreddit is you have to be civil.  The ultimate way to be civil and still be a troll is to take the SJW high-road and criticize someone for being sexist or racist or, possibly, homophobic/transphobic.  You need some sort of basis to go off of.  You can't just make up the accusation completely out of whole cloth.  It's hard but not too hard to do it with Dave Meltzer, because he is going to be a little sexist at times, but nowhere near the same degree as Jim Cornette.  But you don't have to be overtly sexist to get labeled a sexist.  Or he is going to say things that sound ignorant, and people are going to claim it's racist, even though.  But there's probably a correlation between how much someone hates Meltzer and how willing they are to view a comment by him as sexist or racist.  

12:55 A.M.

I was trying to plug in my computer charger just now in one of the lamp outlets, and it required a little bit of force to get it into the lamp base, but I didn't know it required a little bit of force.  So I had the plug in the right spot but thought it wasn't in the right spot.  Then I turned on the lamp light and realized I'd had it in the right spot earlier.  That's the first time I can distinctly recall something like that happening, even though it's probably happened countless times--you're fumbling in the dark for something and you actually have it but don't realize you have it because the tactile response throws you off.

1:00 A.M.

Standing up to type hurts my legs.  I had my laptop perched on the Grant Morrison X-Men omnibus, but when I stand for too long on this floor, it starts to hurt the areas around my Achilles tendons.  I was wearing shoes just now.  I don't know if it would make a difference if I were just wearing socks, but I'm pretty sure I put on shoes because my feet were getting sore from walking on the floor here too much.  And the chairs here hurt my tailbone when I sit in them, so there's no real comfy spot to type except lying in bed, and then my neck gets out of whack.

1:25 A.M.

Bluray Wrestler's earlier video from February 21st of Meltzer talking about Bad Bunny got 57,300 views on Twitter.  His more recent video from yesterday of Meltzer talking about Latin culture has gotten 1,900 views.  The first video was retweeted by Ryan Satin, among other people, and even R-Truth reacted to it.

2:15 A.M.

There's a user named Ainosuke who posts just about ever YouTube clip of Wresling Observer Live and the Bryan & Vinny show.  I was wondering why he did this--was he a fan, or is this, like, a trolling thing where you keep posting videos in the hopes that people find it obnoxious?  I think it's just the former.

2:30 A.M.

The F4W Board tends to echo a lot of what Dave Meltzer says on his radio shows, but there's a slight disconnect because Dave is a professional journalist and he covers WWE for a living, so when he criticizes WWE, he often does it with a business mindset.  He's looking at WWE as a business.  Not always, but a lot of times that's his approach.  And so, when people on the board echo these arguments, it's a little weird, because you would figure most of these people are just regular fans, so they don't really have to critique WWE from a business perspective.  Dave was talking recently about how WWE has an age problem, because most of the participants in the Royal Rumble were over the age of 30, and the average age of the participants in the Elimination Chamber was around 40.  So he's saying that 10 years down the line WWE will be in trouble if they don't put the focus on younger wrestlers.  And then you see people on The Board complaining about how the average age of the participants in the Elimination Chamber is 40, and it's like, why would a fan care about the average age of the wrestlers?  Either you enjoy the product or you don't.  You say, 'I like what I see on my TV screen' or you say you don't like it.  Or you talk about how it could be better, or where it should go.  If the people on The Board were saying they were bored with seeing all the wrestlers in the Elimination Chamber match, that would be one thing.  But they weren't saying they were bored with it.  They were criticizing WWE for using older wrestlers, and talking about the problems that arise when you push the same guys for 10 years straight, but they weren't saying that they themselves were dissatisfied with the product.  Basically, a lot of them are WWE haterz, and they repeat what Dave says, but Dave himself doesn't come across as a hater.  

3:05 A.M.

Someone made a post titled "Something controversial, yet brave..." and wrote as the text: "Chris Benoit will always be my favorite wrestler."  Those are the posts I like.  Late-night trolling.  

There's another guy named No_Loans69 whom I suspect is karma-farming, because he posted random gifs last night in various wrestling-themed subreddits.  His one post in Wreddit an old gif of Shane McMahon punking out a referee which was removed and flaired as a Repost.  He also posted in /r/WWE and /r/ProWrestling.  He reposted the Imgur gif of Cesaro jumping off a ladder and delivering an uppercut to Kevin Owens.  He also posted a gif of Ronday Rousey tossing down a microphone from the domain media1.tenor.com.  

3:15 A.M.

My new strategy is to scan all the Wreddit posts each day--all 242 of them--but avoid checking the comments for the most part.  The top post is actually a Strike_Gently thread, with an excerpt from a Jon Moxley interview, titled "Jon Moxley about social media: "I never hear anybody go, 'Man, I opened up my Twitter today and it was great! I had a great morning!' Everybody just seems to hate it, which makes no sense. So then why are we using it? I don't get it.""  And a lot of the top comments are just people saying 'Oh I gave up Facebook last year.  It's so toxic, etc..."  Redditors (all Redditors, not just people on Wreddit) love to talk about how they quit Facebook, and these threads all have a circlejerk feel.  So that's the shit I want to avoid.  I think the first comment in the Benoit thread earlier was something like 'Go see a therapist,' even though all the OP said was that his favorite wrestler was Chris Benoit.  Sometimes it's useful to read comments if you want to get a sense for just how banal most people are (or at least the people who leave comments on Wreddit about how much they dislike Facebook), but there comes a point when you have to say, 'Okay, I get the gist of how people on the internet feel about every single topic under the sun.'  

4:00 A.M.

A lot of times I'm more entertained by the stuff that's removed from Wreddit than by the stuff that's allowed.  Here is a risque drawing of Stacy Kiebler that was removed for being "Plot" content.  User SiphenPrax wrote "That's awesome."  Here is a meme about Lucha Underground.  When the mods remove meme posts, they usually put a flair telling the user to post it in /r/Wrasslin instead.  That's the thing about Wreddit:  There's never anything sexual, and there's never anything funny.  It's this mega-serious place where everyone has to act civil, and one of the byproducts of that is that it gets overrun by stans for both major wrestling promotions.  Wrasslin is full of memes, but they're not stannish memes.  Like, there are memes about how guys only want "one thing"--which is Cesaro as Universal Champion.  That's not a stan post.  SCJerk is full of memes, but it's about 98% stans.  Wrasslin has barely mentioned Dave Meltzer in the past year, while SCJerk mentions him about 20 times per day.  

12:40 P.M.

Here is a meme on Wreddit about Braun Strowman that was removed.  Here is a John Cena meme that got removed.  Here is a meme titled "Judas" that got removed.  Here is a random interview segment between The Miz and his mom which didn't get removed but I'm noting it anyway.  Here is a picture of Rey Mysterio partying with his daughter that got locked and removed by a moderator.  Here is a picture of an Instagram post that got removed because you're not allowed to post screenshots of social media.

3:10 P.M.

You can't use a straw as a bookmark.  What the fuck am I thinking?

3:15 P.M.

There was a prompt on AskReddit years ago asking something like, 'What's a mini-game of life?' and someone answered with when you have a pair of shorts with a drawstring around the waist, and one end of the string gets stuck inside the shorts, and you have to inch it back out.  That was the best answer to one of those AskReddit prompts I've ever seen.  Another time, someone asked something like 'What causes 1 HP of damage in real life?' and someone answered with when you're lying on your back in bed with your phone in your hands, and you drop the phone and it smacks you in the face.  That was another good answer.  Every other response to every other AskReddit question in history has been dogshit, though.

10:05 P.M.

The easiest way to lose weight is to walk, right?  Well, there are some weird physical and/or psychological obstacles in the way sometimes.  There was wintry weather for the last month, and you can't just take a long walk when the sidewalks are icy.  Then the area around my Achilles tendon was sore, so I wanted to give that a rest and not put any strain on it.  My tailbone was sore for a while from sitting in the chair here at the hovel hotel, and it's still kind of sore depending on how I sit on my bed, so I don't want to hurt that area any worse by taking a long walk.  Then the areas around the bottom of my ribs would feel a little funky, like they weren't attached to my skin in the right way, like they were protruding too far out at times.  Then I realize I don't have enough spare clothes to discard once they get sweaty.  It's an economic issue.  I need more shirts or long-sleeved shirts or maybe just some sweatpants and a sweatshirt, because if I exercise in the same shirt and keep wearing it, my skin will get rashes or marks or moles or skin blisters or those little red marks that show up sometimes and you don't know what causes them or whether they'll go away.  So those are some of the things that prevent you from taking walks.  Plus, it's New York City.  It's not a fucking park.  .  

10:10 P.M.

Okay, I checked Wreddit at 10:00 P.M., and maybe I've gotten it out of my system.  I'll probably blog about it some more, but maybe I've gotten the whole "obsessively refresh and look at every post" thing out of my system.  Fingers crossed.

The thing with WWE is kind of prefer when stuff is super cheesy and unrealistic.  There was a commercial during, like, the 2018 Royal Rumble which showed a bunch of wrestler dressed as the KFC colonel and competing in a battle royal match.  I loved that commercial.  At one point, Rusev goes to toss out the Miz, and Miz just takes a lackadaisical hop over the top rope.  I could watch that 10 times in a row!  There was also a match years ago where Cena and Randy Orton battled the entire Raw roster in an elimination tag match.  I love watching that match, because Cena and Orton start picking up pins and you can see everyone else on the apron, like Val Venis for example, freaking out because their team is losing.  It's a 2-on-17 tag match.  And you just have Hacksaw Jim Duggan randomly in the match doing battle with Cena and Orton.  I wanted to make a note of that at some point before I forgot it.

10:15 P.M.

People say it's a marathon, not a sprint.  I don't know who these people are, or what they're talking about, but I don't think that mindset is a good one.  Every day you have to scrap your way through.  Every minute is a minute for scrapping.  You don't get anything done without scrapping.  This blogging I'm doing right now is scrapping.  A minute here, a minute there.  I'm not sitting down at a desk in the morning, drinking a cup of coffee, doing the crossword puzzle, and then settling in for two hours of writing while mellow music plays in the background and a cat purrs contentedly on my desk.  I'm scrapping my way through this.  And that's why I have to think about when I go on Wreddit or read an article online:  Am I scrapping at the moment?  Or is this the thing you do in the morning when you're a chud with a goatee and you're waiting for the morning coffee to kick in?  Odds are it's the former.

10:25 P.M.

I like to read those Substack article by Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald.  But I do wonder:  Are the things they write about actually relevant to me at all?  If I were, like, a sushi chef, and that's what I did for a living, or I just worked in a restaurant, would I care at all about the creeping censorship of the the tech platforms?  How the fuck would that be relevant to me?  It wouldn't be relevant at all, except in the most indirect way possible.  Why do I actually care?  Are they writing about something that I myself am going to be involved in someday?  Is there, like, some political conflict 5 or 10 years down the line that I'm going to be part of?  If there is, and I'm a part of it, then the things they're writing about may be relevant to me and to my own interests.  But, in a day-to-day sense, why the fuck do I care?  Why would I care about that controversy with Taylor Lorenz, for example?  I don't work for a tech or finance company, and I don't read anything she writes.  There's a digital war going on, of course, and it's interesting to see which side is lobbing the latest rhetoric bombs, but...beyond that, beyond following the progress of the digital war...why would I care?

I wonder if the day will come when Glenn Greenwald just deletes all of his old tweets?  I think David Sirota did something like that when he started working and/or advising the Bernie Sanders campaign.  It would be interesting to look back on Glenn Greenwald tweets four years from now and see how much he was getting right.  Ah, who am I kidding, you'd probably look at this tweets four years from now and think, "Hmm.  He's sure committed to this bit.  I should check again in four years to see how much he's been getting right."  You're not going to get an answer four years from now.  It is funny that he was re-tweeting the @ColumbiaBugle account and that he namedropped Revolve News in a recent Substack article.   

11:10 P.M.

Every second spent wasting time on the internet is a second spent not scrapping.  That's the mindset you need.  Always be scrapping.  ABS.  I checked  my history since 10:00 P.M.  I expanded a few of the posts on Wreddit, since I've still got the "Hot" and "New" queues in my open tabs.  Some TV clips, and a few discussion posts.  

11:40 P.M.

One thing I noticed about Strike_Gently is he doesn't make discussion posts.  He's one of the most visible posters on Wreddit, along with TV clippers like FuzzyWuzzyWooMoo (sp?).  If you check the new queue, something like 40% of the threads are going to be discussion posts--i.e. text posts.  And you don't see that from Strike_Gently.  He doesn't actually start any discussions.  It's all links.  I find that interesting.  Of his last 103 posts, 48 of them were Twitter links, 14 were Imgur, 12 were Streamable, 9 were i.redd.it.  5 were WrestlingInc.com, 4 were Fightful.com, and then I guess there were scattered links to some other sites like TVInsider.com ITRWrestling.com, and PWInsider.com.  I was thinking about how Strike_Gently is, like, perfectly emblematic of the subreddit as a whole.  He posts a lot of tweets from wrestlers.  He posts a lot of random gifs from old matches, so it's like this nostalgia kick, but it's a disorienting, disconnected nostalgia.  It doesn't evoke the feelings that nostalgia would. He posts a lot of interview excerpts as well, and I don't think there's ever been an instance where I saw the title and was interested in reading the interview.  Never once.  You get the gist from the title.  There was one article I clicked for FighterFans.com, because it quoted Goldberg about who he thought the future stars of WWE were, and I wanted to check if there was context to his answer than what was in the title.  (I don't think there was.)  There's a Simpsons subreddit, and I haven't checked it for years, so maybe it's changed, but it was chock-full of random screenshots.  That's all it was.  Nothing but random screenshots.  It was like some hellish landscape.  No discussions that I can recall.  No news.  Just an endless row of screenshots and quotes that accompanied those screenshots as the titles.  And there was something ugly and bizarre about how the screenshots looked.  Like, it was just off.  It was like if people in a foreign country were compositing the screen captures; it just didn't feel right.  That subreddit was a peek into a mindset which I imagine is shared by a lot of people, but which is completely foreign to me.

The way I remember it, it was just screenshots, and not like what you see on Twitter where people might post a screenshot but include captions at the bottom of the screenshot.  It's "off" to see a screenshot with no text on it.  That's not the normal way stuff gets shared on social media.  People share screenshots with captions, or they share gifs (like the gif of Homer exiting and re-entering the shrubbery), or they share clips.  Normal people don't just share screenshots.  

When I was subletting in New York City back around 2011, one random roommate I had mentioned how he was re-watching old Simpsons episodes because the A.V. Club was doing a retrospective on the older seasons, and he wanted to be able to contribute to the Disqus threads on the A.V. Club website.  And it was so weird to hear someone say that.  I don't know if there was any overlap between the commenters on A.V. Club and the people who posted screenshots in the Simpsons subreddit.  I kind of imagine there isn't.  This guy was an adult, too.  I assume he had a job.  But he was re-watching old Simpsons episodes so he would feel more qualified to participate in a terribly-formatted comment thread.

11:50 P.M.

The thing with comments is you can never really tell (or I can never really tell) how intelligent the people are.  Or how knowledgeable they are.  The only time you can figure out how knowledgeable someone is is when they're talking about a subject that you know a lot about, and at that point you can figure out if they're an idiot or not.  But if they're not talking about a subject that you know a lot about, then there's just no way to tell.  That's why I prefer comment sections where people just react to stuff, and don't try to share their knowledge or share their own experiences.  And then you see people talking about running their own businesses, and you're like, "What the fuck?  This is a person commenting on the internet, and they run their own business?  They're successful?"  You feel like you should be more successful than every commenter on the internet.

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