Read the Room.


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in England you see it on the a-frame blackboards outside pubs and cafes. thr same shit jokes everywhere you go. when i had an a-frame blackboard to write on i always wrote something new and unique every day cos i cared.
Lowest common denominator joke formats and phrases. Internet colloquialisms, Most common on twitter because as pointed out, you don't know who your audience is and the prize of going viral means you'd like it to be everyone. so there's pressure to fall back on the templates that work and don't offend, low risk.

I suppose they're memes in the richard dawkins sense. But linguistic

That face when....
Because x
That is all.
We stan
It's different than just saying internet slang because it's specifically stuff that intends to be funny but isn't (because it's a template)

john eden

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when did this become a twitter cliche? can you read the room?

It's usually a call to moderate your behaviour or internet spoutings no? "Read the room John - nobody wants to hear about why Ragga Ragga Ragga 12 is an amazing album in the middle of a twitter storm about Epstein".

I think there are two sides to it - one is community and one is hegemony.

Community is good (but has its downsides). Shared values, solidarity all that stuff. Occasionally someone behaves like a prick and you have words and they might go off in a huff but they will usually come back with suitable encouragement and we've all done it.

Hegemony is bad (but has its upsides). Trying to impose a uniform set of beliefs and values. Cutting out the degenerates and nonconformists. But at the same time we have no need to tolerate racist pricks.

You get this a lot when people die. Social media being based on engagement/enragement - someone ALWAYS comes out with something insensitive about the deceased. And this was especially prevalent (and mainly excellent) when Thatcher died. There was a real attempt to do "both sides" of her legacy and present people who were glad she was dead as awful. But it didn't seem to work.