Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin
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Oppose LiveJournal Userpic Conformism!

You know what would make social interaction really unnecessarily complicated? Imagine if most of the hundreds of people you ever interact with (regularly, semi-regularly, intermittently or ever at all) acquired totally new faces and bodies on a weekly or monthly basis, so that the only way you could recognize or identify them at all was to look closely at the little nametag everyone was required to wear around their necks. But wait, that's not all! If that were all, at least when you met a person whose face you didn't recognize, you'd know you didn't recognize them and you'd know to look closely at the nametag around their neck. But now imagine that everybody's allowed to choose what new faces to acquire, so that every single time a new movie or TV show became popular, half the people on earth suddenly changed their faces to look like the star of it, and as soon as you thought you'd sorted out who all the people who suddenly looked like clones of the latest star were, even more new people would suddenly acquire the same face.

This is the state of social interaction on LiveJournal. I've lost count of how many times I've been looking through the old entries in someone's journal in search of a recent post I remember, only to find a different entry that I thought someone completely different had written, and a comment left by me on that entry that I had completely thought I was saying to someone entirely different. And then I go look through the old entries of that person's journal and successfully find the recent post that I had totally thought the other person had written. This results in my getting terribly confused ideas about the lives some of you are living, and in your wondering why I leave comments referring to events I seem to think happened in your life, that actually happened in the life of someone entirely different who just happens to have the same icon as you.

I can't possibly be the only person on LiveJournal who tends to notice and recognize people by their icons first. Why must everyone try to look like everyone else? I say: Ban all icon-sharing communities! If you must use an icon based on a movie, a TV show, a cartoon, a popular internet animation, or any other image that people other than you are likely to be using as icons, can't you at least choose a distinctive image of it that doesn't look exactly the same as 10,000 other LiveJournal users' icons? I think the best thing about slash is that at least when slash people make icons out of the latest movie or TV show, they actually edit the images and add text and other things that make their icons individualized. Not so with the approximately 500,000 lesbians using this as their icon (and I don't understand how any self-respecting real lesbian could want to identify herself with such a blatantly Hollywoodized soft-porn version of lesbianism as that anyway). Please, resist the urge to join the Great Conspiracy to Destroy Gayle's Sanity!
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