This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest, Episode 61

Sometimes I tell jokes on Twitter and then I freak out and wonder if anybody understood the joke I was trying to make because, OMG, what if I’m not as clever as I think I am!? So then I post them again here and explain them. Sometimes that makes the misunderstandings worse, but This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest.

REACTION:

This refers to a stupid comment that has rightfully faded into obscurity, but I wanted to revisit it here because I made a mistake. Confirmation bias isn’t a logical fallacy; it’s a human tendency that leads to fallacious logic. The actual fallacy at play here is a hasty generalization (based on faulty data due to confirmation bias).

STUPID:

I’ve never cried in a Taco Bell drive-thru1, but this image was funny to me.

STUPID:

This is kind of a mashup. It starts out as a play on the “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” axiom, but what I really like is the idea of taking the “I must be dreaming” trope literally, and then behaving as if you’re in a lucid dream.

STUPID:

This was really funny back in June.

REACTION:

This is true.

REACTION:

This is true.

REACTION:

This is a joke about the weird, impractical math the justice system uses to punish crimes. This is also true.

STUPID:

I couldn’t really figure out what this joke was. I just knew I liked the “list of places to die before” part, but it doesn’t really make sense. Not even in an absurd way. “Places to die before I see” would’ve been better, maybe, but still not ideal.

WISDOM:

Have you noticed how some people seem to always be talking about the awesome things they’re going to do soon, and how those people seem to never actually do any of those awesome things? Some of them may be pathological liars, but I think a lot of them are just foolishly optimistic.

The idea that talking about possible good things can somehow “jinx” it and cause them not to happen is dumb, but I feel like if I talk about something good that might happen and then it doesn’t happen, I’ll seem like one of those possibly lying and/or foolishly optimistic people. In other words, “like an idiot”.

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

  1. I prefer Arby’s. []