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(Slate)   Why DO we call everything "interesting"?   (slate.com) divider line 92
    More: Interesting, Sianne Ngai, Ngai, Edmund Burke, cultural development, Immanuel Kant, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lucille Ball  
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2012-12-02 08:17:31 AM
Money talks.
Talk is cheap.
Time = money.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-12-02 08:22:28 AM
Interesting that you would ask subby,
 
2012-12-02 08:23:13 AM
It a sign of being polite yet condescending. Like when someone writes an article for Slate about bullshiat that's entirely too long to read, if the author asked my opinion of it, the reply would be "interesting".
 
2012-12-02 08:24:03 AM
On Fark, the tag is generally used to lend legitimacy to conspiracy laden political rants.
 
2012-12-02 08:33:52 AM
Because all of a sudden idioms become normal speech. How come? Ask your physician
 
2012-12-02 08:50:14 AM
Because "boobs" was already taken. Duh.
 
2012-12-02 08:50:30 AM
Oh do you now?

images.sodahead.com
 
2012-12-02 08:51:44 AM
That article is the opposite of interesting.
 
2012-12-02 09:07:00 AM
One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.
 
2012-12-02 09:21:41 AM
Because there's no "Kick Ass!" tag.
 
2012-12-02 09:28:59 AM
Interesting is neutral in terms of agreeing or disagreeing. You think Obama is a zombie Kenyan warlord? That's interesting. Now I've acknowledged your statement, so you don't need to repeat it, but I haven't made any sort of ideological commitment to it.
 
2012-12-02 09:48:39 AM
"It will be interesting to see..." makes me cringe. Yeah? How do you know it isnt going to be boring as hell to see?
 
/sorry, pet peave
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2012-12-02 10:09:44 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-02 10:27:32 AM
Maybe I really DO find people's love of Honey Boo Boo and her fat redneck clan interesting. You don't know.
 
2012-12-02 10:27:34 AM
Fascinating.
 
2012-12-02 10:47:59 AM
Not interested
 
2012-12-02 10:48:32 AM
May you live in interesting times.
 
2012-12-02 10:50:41 AM

dugitman: "It will be interesting to see..." makes me cringe. Yeah? How do you know it isnt going to be boring as hell to see?
 
/sorry, pet peavepeeve


/sorry, pet peeve...puppet
 
2012-12-02 10:53:04 AM
Cool.
 
2012-12-02 10:54:02 AM

Generation_D: One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.


Or maybe it is, but you're just a boring puppet.

A puppet which apparently doesn't believe in apostrophes.
 
2012-12-02 10:58:05 AM
davidlasnier.com 

/Seriously.
 
2012-12-02 11:00:57 AM

I did find TFA interesting, and given the opportunity, would like to read the book.


To deem something "interesting" is to promise to return to it. It's a judgment that doesn't really say anything, beyond forestalling that judgment, like a (per Ngai) "sticky note" amid an endless wash of data. At its most thoughtful, calling something "interesting" might be an expression of indeterminacy, a placeholder for a future conversation. But more often than not, it's just conversational filler, something dropped in when you don't feel like judging at all.
 
2012-12-02 11:00:57 AM
c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com
 
2012-12-02 11:01:29 AM
Because we are too polite to tell you that your poetry and drawings are shiat.
 
2012-12-02 11:01:44 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-02 11:02:52 AM
i.imgflash.com
 
2012-12-02 11:03:35 AM
One of my Linguistic Anthropology professors forbade the use of the word "interesting" in our assignments.

He said it's the word people use when they have nothing to say.
 
2012-12-02 11:04:16 AM
It is because most of you shiats are too stupid to understand there is a maximum level of intelligence that can be forced through a language but that level is so far beyond your comprehension that you say "interesting" when it is NOT interesting.

Look up the following words and use them.
Catchy
Cloying
Abrupt
Contrast
Ironic
 
2012-12-02 11:04:26 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com 
Monsters are such IN-teresting people!
 
2012-12-02 11:05:08 AM

thisiszombocom: [c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com image 620x348]


dang it
 
2012-12-02 11:05:16 AM

Mugato: It a sign of being polite yet condescending. Like when someone writes an article for Slate about bullshiat that's entirely too long to read, if the author asked my opinion of it, the reply would be "interesting".


My my how nice
 
2012-12-02 11:06:29 AM
i knew a very maladjusted, disturbed nitwit. one of the rare fellows you'll ever meet that has one hand permanently in contact with his package, even if he was talking to his mother. i doubt even he knew what was going on his mind most the time. his go-to response for way too many things was to utter "interesting".
 
2012-12-02 11:12:09 AM
Finds the article VEERRRRY....
nakedphilly.com ... well, you know...
 
2012-12-02 11:14:20 AM
i262.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-02 11:18:24 AM
At first I was kind of interested, then became more interested, VERY interested.

Then not interested.

thumbnails.hulu.com
 
2012-12-02 11:19:05 AM

prjindigo: It is because most of you shiats are too stupid to understand there is a maximum level of intelligence that can be forced through a language but that level is so far beyond your comprehension that you say "interesting" when it is NOT interesting.

 
 
i107.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-02 11:21:51 AM
She lost me before the second paragraph. Iht article was ultimately uninteresting. Also, the author and subject have too much time on their hands.
 
2012-12-02 11:26:12 AM

DaCaptain19: Generation_D: One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.

Or maybe it is, but you're just a boring puppet.

A puppet which apparently doesn't believe in apostrophes.


You forgot to post your Bob The Angry Flower pic.
 
2012-12-02 11:29:10 AM
Its 'interesting' that Slate advertises gun safes. Those people are scared of the government THEY elected!
 
2012-12-02 11:29:24 AM
Obviously this will go down in history.
 
2012-12-02 11:35:10 AM
A bit embarrassing in that 'interesting' is basically my generic response to things. I don't say it sarcastically though, it's essentially my way of acknowledging you when I have nothing intelligent to add.
 
2012-12-02 11:36:31 AM
Yet another convoluted tome describing nothing more than some young person's inner exploration of their own psyche as they try to better understand themselves.

/what do you mean "WE", Kimosabee?
 
2012-12-02 11:37:25 AM
It's a back-handed compliment
 
2012-12-02 11:37:25 AM
Because it's nicer than saying "Well, that story was boring as fark and now I'm going to go to something more interesting, like scratch my junk and then rummage around in the communal doughnut box."
 
2012-12-02 11:39:13 AM
tldr;
 
2012-12-02 11:41:19 AM
www.stinky-dog.com
 
2012-12-02 11:42:17 AM
We use the word "interesting" because all of the truly descriptive and useful words have been deemed politically incorrect or socially insensitive. What you are witnessing is the initial phase of the collapse of the ability of human beings to communicate meaningfully. It is a very dangerous and frightening thing to anyone who has studied the history of human civilizations.
 
2012-12-02 11:43:45 AM

Balchinian: We use the word "interesting" because all of the truly descriptive and useful words have been deemed politically incorrect or socially insensitive. What you are witnessing is the initial phase of the collapse of the ability of human beings to communicate meaningfully. It is a very dangerous and frightening thing to anyone who has studied the history of human civilizations.


That's not at all interesting.
 
2012-12-02 11:43:45 AM
Interesting has always been code for SUCKS , at least to me.
 
GBB
2012-12-02 11:46:38 AM

ThatGuyGreg: Fascinating.

 
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