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(Slate)   Why DO we call everything "interesting"?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Sianne Ngai, Ngai, Edmund Burke, cultural development, Immanuel Kant, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lucille Ball  
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2012-12-02 09:28:59 AM  
4 votes:
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 11:01:29 AM  
3 votes:
Because we are too polite to tell you that your poetry and drawings are shiat.
2012-12-02 08:23:13 AM  
3 votes:
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 11:00:57 AM  
2 votes:
2012-12-02 11:00:57 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2012-12-03 10:28:04 AM  
1 vote:
When I was in Grad School (history) I had many discussion courses (we would have to read a book and then in class we would spend the entire classperiod... discussing the reading.)

Early on I had a professor tell me, "Whenever I ask someone what they thought about a topic or book and the first sentence is 'I thought it was interesting' there is an immediate, visceral gut check that goes on in my brain. I know without a doubt at the worst the person stating that thought did not read the material, and at the best they did not understand it. Either way it is evidence of a completely empty thought being vocalized."

Many of my classes started with one of the department darlings saying "I thought the book was interesting" and then following up with nothing. Never noticed it before my professor told me that though.

/interesting, no?
2012-12-02 09:40:02 PM  
1 vote:

Rusty Shackleford: [ image 448x252]

I find this all Quite Interesting.

Genuinely, thanks for that. I'd missed that episode both on broadcast and iPlayer. Surprised the Beeb doesn't take it down from YouTube.

/Also I have a crush on Vicky Coren.
//Intelligence in a woman does it for me.
///Except she had to marry David Mitchell, didn't she.
////I enjoy his wit and comedy too.
2012-12-02 01:41:39 PM  
1 vote:

ThatGuyGreg: Fascinating.

Fascinum (NSFW, maybe)
2012-12-02 12:10:13 PM  
1 vote:

CreamFilling: 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.

However, it can be interesting that Obama is a zombie Kenyan warlord or it can be interesting that someone believes Obama is a zombie Kenyan warlord.
2012-12-02 12:03:13 PM  
1 vote:
2012-12-02 11:56:06 AM  
1 vote:
Is it possible things can pique your interest for the moment, without being worthy of future pursuit? "Interesting" may be a perfect descriptor of that which worthy of interest and not just a polite way of dismissing that which truly does not offer any interest at all.
2012-12-02 11:42:17 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:35:10 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:05:08 AM  
1 vote:

thisiszombocom: [ image 620x348]

dang it
2012-12-02 11:04:16 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-12-02 11:01:44 AM  
1 vote:
2012-12-02 10:48:32 AM  
1 vote:
May you live in interesting times.
2012-12-02 08:51:44 AM  
1 vote:
That article is the opposite of interesting.
2012-12-02 08:24:03 AM  
1 vote:
On Fark, the tag is generally used to lend legitimacy to conspiracy laden political rants.
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