This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest, Episode 47

And now: commentary about not-really-commentary (or is it?), wherein I overanalyze my own Twitter jokes.

REACTION:

I, like most geniuses, am I intrigued by the mid-00s Disney Channel show That’s So Raven. I’ve never seen the show, nor do I know anything about it, except that it was a vehicle for one Raven-Symoné of Cosby Show shark-jumping fame (and no, I don’t know why her name is spelled like that). The intriguing thing about it, to me, is that the title was so obviously trying to be a catchphrase, but it’s just really weird and awkward. Like I said, I never watched it, so I don’t know if characters on the show actually said, “That’s so Raven,” but if they did: weird.

Anyway, in the movie The Raven—based on Edgar Allan Poe or something—it would be funny if someone said, “That’s so Raven.” I’m sure other people have made the Poe/Symoné connection before, but that’s life, ya know?

WISDOM:

This is a funny take on a Native-American-or-something proverb. It doesn’t really make sense.

WORDPLAY:

Funny because it’s true.

STUPID:

There’s a joke that goes like this: “There are three kinds of people in this world: those who can count and those who can’t.” It’s a funny joke, but I’ve heard it more than twice so I hate it. This toot was meant to play on the expectation of that joke. By setting it up as “three types of people: those who can count…”, you think I’m gonna do something funny with numbers, but instead I don’t. Also, sandwiches and breakdancing are common motifs of mine, so they’re kind of like Easter eggs.

REACTION:

As someone who—like many or most of you—has been the victim of petty criminals (and I mean petty in both the legal and the ontological senses), I appreciate it when dirtbags get their comeuppance. It’s as simple as that. Again, sorry to all my criminal friends.

WORDPLAY:

This is a very funny joke about wearing or not wearing things. You should retweet this one immediately. At least favorite it, gee whiz.

STUPID:

This statement is not theologically sound.

WORDPLAY:

Don’t be a dick.

STUPID:

And:

I threw these two away in a Midnight Dump, but a couple weeks later a funny person on Twitter made me wish I’d tried to turn them into actual jokes, rather than just stupid things to say:

See, this is a funny joke, not just a stupid thing to say.1

WISDOM:

This is meant to be taken ironically.

That concludes this episode of This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest.

  1. I think this is a the first time I’ve posted someone else’s toot in a TIT episode. This sets a dangerous precedent, because other people are funnier than me. I can already feel my self-esteem plummeting and my will to write things dwindling. Let’s move on. []