Thursday, November 04, 2010

Ambiguous Hashtag (which, incidentally, will be the name of my next band)

I got the meme wrong. A friend on Twitter used the #tweetyoursixteenyearoldself hashtag. Wanting to play along, I posted,
In basement, drumming along to tape 2, side 2 of Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. #tweetyoursixteenyearoldself
See, I read it as "tweetASyoursixteenyearoldsef" so there I am tweeting something I'd likely have been doing at the that age. Apparently the meme is more "tweetTOyoursixteenyearoldself" so I should have said something more along the lines of "Hey, you should listen to something other than classic and prog rock, there's a lot of other good music out there." Most of the posts are advice about lightening up, avoiding the mistakes of youth, etc. But I like my take on the meme better. :)

1 comment:

Kyle Stedman said...

I totally did the same thing, and then saw how most (but not all) others were doing it.

I kind of staunchly decided that I was right, thinking to myself, "Humph! They're clearly reading the tag wrong!"

The interesting thing, then, is how a meme can continue even when it's ambiguous, and how the fun of it can (I think) be perfectly strong even when many aren't quite on the same page. I can't think of lots of other kinds of humor that work that way. Neat!