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#1 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

It's kind of ironic that the people complaining about this phrase are coming from a somewhat conservative perspective, because when the meaning of the phrase is explained, they often respond with something like "well, I took it as an insult, so therefore it is an insult."

That's the exact same line of thinking that they accuse "PC liberals" of using when they're offended by something. Basically what both groups are saying is "it doesn't matter what you were actually trying to say. All that matters is how it made ME feel. Therefore, I have no responsibility to understand what was being said before I respond, but you're obligated to confirm your language to my feelings."

I'm not calling out anyone in particular, it's just something I see people do all the time.

#2 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

Batman and Robin. 1997. I was 13 years old.

I was at an age where pretty much any big, flashy action movie would do it for me. But this was the very first film of that type that made me think "this is really stupid".

#3 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

To say that straight white males don't enjoy a privileged place in American society is simply delusional.

This DOES NOT mean that if you're a straight white male, you're a bad person, that you've never had to work for anything, or that you've never faced personal hardship. I get the impression that a lot of people here think that's what "privilege" means, which could not be farther from the truth.

Basically, "check your privilege" is a snarky way of saying that you're approaching an issue with a certain set of assumptions that are based on life experiences that not everybody shares, and asking you to try and see the issue from a different point of view.

I'm a straight white male, and I know it's hard not to take it personally when somebody talks about "white privilege", but it's not usually meant as a personal attack.

#4 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

Pay off my student loans and credit card. Buy a modest house debt free. Invest the rest.

Also, 2 chicks at the same time. I figure that could be arranged for way less than a million dollars.

#5 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

I haven't bought a CD in at least 5 years. for me it's digital or vinyl.

#6 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

Providing exposition in a natural and realistic way is really, really hard.

#7 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

By popular demand, I'm sure!

#8 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

I used to work for a company that relied heavily on shady SEO for its marketing. It's fucking soul-crushing.

Anyway, out of curiosity I've checked some of the links those spam bots post. They're always the exact same fake news article talking about how a single mom from [your town] discovering a crazy secret to making fat stacks with no effort whatsoever. I've never gone any deeper into those sites than the front page, but I suspect they're a typical work-from-home scam, where you pay a hefty fee for the "secret" to getting rich, and whatever they sell you (if they send you anything at all) is worthless. These scams pre-date the Internet.

#9 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

Half-Life Thr...sorry, I can't even say it with a straight face

#10 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (148 posts) -

The one that I grew up with and therefore have the fondest memories of.