Friday, February 14, 2014

This Random Comment Is a Fail

"Party" came into common use as a verb, and those with stodgier diction groused, but if you're going to do jello shots to the tune of music that vibrates your bones, you can only truly do so while in the act of partying. "Fail" has rapidly arrived in common usage as a noun, and the reason is very clear: to fail is human, but a fail is an event of stiletto sarcasm. The harshness of fail as a noun is so absolute, so apt for our time, that it's difficult not to imagine its crafting by a mad genius in some laboratory that researches and develops media buzz and adolescent snark (ah, snark). This advent is good news for those who believe failure deserves immediate and harsh shaming–because, let's face it, failure should never happen in the first place, and when it does, it needs the heaping of bad feeling upon the perpetrator to ensure the fail never happens again–and to those who need to separate themselves from and look down upon fails and the excuses for humanity who make them. Proliferation of fail is bad news for those who believe people should take action for its own sake and, gosh darn it, fail loudly, spectacularly and publicly without shame so that failures can pick themselves up, dust themselves off with optimism and progress can prevail. Of course it's possible that the usage of fail is isolated and appropriate to particular moods and moments; it is of no general cultural importance. The only trouble is THIS is the mood, and THIS is the moment.

As for this post: it promises conclusions not delivered and hints at links it never really splices. Fail.

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