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2013-07-17 02:04:50 PM
I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.
 
2013-07-17 02:38:23 PM
Well, in all honesty, it would be embarrassing to reassure your employer that you're not behind the crazy comments from your 'mom'.
 
2013-07-17 02:38:29 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.


Wait, you lost her then pushed her around the mall?

Was this like Weekend at Mommies instead of Bernies
 
2013-07-17 02:41:29 PM
Great punctuation poopsydoodle.
 
2013-07-17 02:41:39 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.


You did it totally wrong. Many girls find nobility attractive.
 
2013-07-17 02:41:40 PM
Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?
 
2013-07-17 02:42:10 PM
dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com
 
2013-07-17 02:45:02 PM
Clean Up Your Room
 
2013-07-17 02:45:02 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


Man, the phrasing some people use bugs you that much? Sounds like a first world problem to me.
 
2013-07-17 02:45:17 PM
Subby apparently can't read.  Having your mother effectively come to your job and try to defend you from people being mean to you is hardly a first world problem.
 
2013-07-17 02:45:29 PM
Maawwmm!  You washed... MY JEANS???!

Teen biatch needs a spankin'.
 
2013-07-17 02:45:58 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


Not just you. As far as I can tell, the term is just another trick in the book of excuses people use to dismiss the problems of those they don't sympathize with.
 
2013-07-17 02:46:51 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


What an awful burden for your to bear, people using their free speech in ways you don't maximally enjoy.
 
2013-07-17 02:49:54 PM
She fears losing her job because of this. That's not a "first world problem." That's an actual, you know, problem.
 
2013-07-17 02:50:16 PM
Sh*t My Mom Says
 
2013-07-17 02:52:12 PM

Millennium: Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?

Not just you. As far as I can tell, the term is just another trick in the book of excuses people use to dismiss the problems of those they don't sympathize with.


To be fair, I do not sympathize with her.

Besides, it's another Prudie BS story.

FTFA: "the worst part is, she does this under a username that identifies her AS MY MOTHER. "

As if people actually believe that the usernames of posters on the internet reflect reality.
 
2013-07-17 02:52:22 PM
bannination?
 
2013-07-17 02:52:23 PM

IdBeCrazyIf: Because People in power are Stupid: I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.

Wait, you lost her then pushed her around the mall?

Was this like Weekend at Mommies instead of Bernies


Maybe he lost her in the mall?

/there's a chance she could turnip
//er, turn up
///sorry for your loss - I'm a callous bastard
 
2013-07-17 02:52:24 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.


Yeah, you should have gotten some pity sex out of that one. Sorry, buddy. Maybe if you tell that story today, you can still work it.
 
2013-07-17 02:53:17 PM

worlddan: Millennium: Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?

Not just you. As far as I can tell, the term is just another trick in the book of excuses people use to dismiss the problems of those they don't sympathize with.

To be fair, I do not sympathize with her.

Besides, it's another Prudie BS story.

FTFA: "the worst part is, she does this under a username that identifies her AS MY MOTHER. "

As if people actually believe that the usernames of posters on the internet reflect reality.


'sup Dan?
 
2013-07-17 02:55:59 PM

ikanreed: Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?

What an awful burden for your to bear, people using their free speech in ways you don't maximally enjoy.


having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.
 
2013-07-17 02:56:56 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


Yeah, it makes me want to punch an oppressed starving third-world orphan.
 
2013-07-17 02:57:58 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


That and smh and yolo manifest so much anger within me
 
2013-07-17 02:59:38 PM
Q: "My mom won't stop commenting on my blog."
A: "Turn it into BECAUSE THE PATRIARCHY"
 
2013-07-17 02:59:54 PM

Voiceofreason01: having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.


You are technically correct - the best kind of correct.  People have license to go around being an asshole independent of their First Amendment rights.
 
2013-07-17 03:03:14 PM
God damn it, I need to know who this is and where her blog is, stat.
 
2013-07-17 03:03:44 PM
This person has clearly unfamiliar with Fark TV.
 
2013-07-17 03:04:19 PM
Easy, just shadowban mom's account.
 
2013-07-17 03:04:47 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


It's better than "white people's problems," which IMO is racist.  Maybe it's true most rich folk are white, but there's a lot of broke-ass white folk with real-world no-shiat problems out there. Trouble doesn't see color.
 
2013-07-17 03:06:53 PM

ISubmittedThisYesterdayWithAMuchFunnierHeadline

God damn it, I need to know who this is and where her blog is, stat.


You could probably both troll and help her at the same time by signing up as many other family member accounts as possible.
 
2013-07-17 03:10:57 PM

The Goddamn Batman: She fears losing her job because of this. That's not a "first world problem." That's an actual, you know, problem.


If she was in that much danger, mom would have been introduced to the banhammer.   As it stays,  I suspect she may still lose her job but may find refuge in mom's basement.  The real danger is being fired after delivering the banhammer and being homeless.
 
2013-07-17 03:11:26 PM
How about you get some self esteem stop worrying about what strangers on the internet think about you?
 
2013-07-17 03:12:22 PM
In a live chat, Prudie counsels a blogger whose comment section is dominated by one person. Her mother.

Maybe her mother is the only one who reads her blog.
 
2013-07-17 03:13:30 PM
Dear MOM! Stop typing stuff where I don't want it. Remember, I'm going to dictate your farking headstone.
 
2013-07-17 03:13:43 PM
My mom, who has a hard time understanding the concept of "boundaries,"

There's that, and then there's "boundaries in the age of social media," which is a brave new world for a lot of our parents. I went through the same thing when I got my first email/newsgroup account ever back in - uh *cough* 1992: Wait, there are actual flesh-and-blood people on the other end, so I should conduct myself the same way I would in a face-to-face conversation? I shouldn't type in ALL CAPS? It's considered bad form to ask a question that's answered in the FAQ, so look there first? And etc.

My mom comments on and "likes" every single thing I post on Facebook, and for whatever reason her comments appear to poison the discussion thread - rarely does anyone post after she does. I thought about trying to explain things to her, asking her to cool it, etc., but instead I changed my privacy settings to exclude her from the occasional post where I don't want her to weigh in. Then she can just be herself. If they (our parents) stick with it, they'll probably eventually get it, just like we did.
 
2013-07-17 03:14:20 PM
Heck, don't talk to her at all. Pretend shes some internet troll. Warn her that she may be banned, ban her if she continues.
 
2013-07-17 03:16:02 PM
Honey, your blog sucks.
- Love, Mom
 
2013-07-17 03:22:27 PM

Ambitwistor: Voiceofreason01: having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.

You are technically correct - the best kind of correct.  People have license to go around being an asshole independent of their First Amendment rights.


Yep.  The First Amendment just gives you the right to express your asshole-ness via verbal cues.
 
2013-07-17 03:27:01 PM

Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?


It depends on what the context is.

On fark, it doesn't bother me since, well, one of the major goals of fark is to ridicule people and picking nonserious problems to ridicule is fitting the theme.

On the other hand, I also participate in a wargaming forum, and when it appears there - usually when someone is complaining about some aspect of wargaming - it makes me want to throttle them, because every complaint on the forum technically could be dismissed such. It's non-content-content.
 
2013-07-17 03:30:44 PM
If I'm reading this right, her mother is not acting maliciously. She's actually going out of her way to defend people who disagree with her daughter, and what kind of ingrate child would rebuff her own parents' attempts to help her out?

That's the problem: her mother thinks this is helping her child, and her actions stem from that belief. You're not going to convince her that she shouldn't help her child, so you have to go for a more pragmatic approach: demonstrate that this isn't helping.

Prudie's idea of using an article to address this is a good one, but it shouldn't be about boundaries. Instead, do an article on corporate no-defense policies. Any corporation with any wit nowadays has a policy on employee Internet usage, and most of them are pretty lax. But there's one very, very common thread: never, EVER defend the company, no matter how badly it gets flamed. It hurts the company, because it creates the appearance of astroturfing, conflict of interest, and a host of other problems. The company can take care of itself.

Do an article about this. Explain the problems with this kind of defensive behavior, and why policies like this are needed. Show cases where companies and employees have gotten into trouble. Even better, explain what employees can do if they think something's going on that the company needs to defend against. If her mom is such an enthusiastic reader, she should get the message.
 
2013-07-17 03:31:11 PM

The Voice of Doom: ISubmittedThisYesterdayWithAMuchFunnierHeadline
God damn it, I need to know who this is and where her blog is, stat.

You could probably both troll and help her at the same time by signing up as many other family member accounts as possible.


Precisely the point.  I want to see Uncle Joe and Aunt Mildred weighing in.
 
2013-07-17 03:33:04 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: , but instead I changed my privacy settings to exclude her from the occasional post where I don't want her to weigh in. Then she can just be herself. If they (our parents) stick with it, they'll probably eventually get it, just like we did.


I had to do the same thing with my dad.  He retired last year, and suddenly the internet he wanted nothing to do with for the last fifteen years has become interesting, and he's a family stalker on Facebook.  Privacy settings pretty much fixed it for me, my daughter, my sister, my nephew....
 
2013-07-17 03:49:07 PM

Ouze: Voiceofreason01: Is it just me or does the phrase "first world problems" make you want to punch someone?

It depends on what the context is.

On fark, it doesn't bother me since, well, one of the major goals of fark is to ridicule people and picking nonserious problems to ridicule is fitting the theme.

On the other hand, I also participate in a wargaming forum, and when it appears there - usually when someone is complaining about some aspect of wargaming - it makes me want to throttle them, because every complaint on the forum technically could be dismissed such. It's non-content-content.


Right, it's like the way that most people use "YOLO" there is a context in which it actually means something but usually it's the exact semantic equivalent of telling someone to go fark themselves.
 
2013-07-17 04:03:45 PM

Voiceofreason01: having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.


It does, actually. Considering the word license means permission. Fred Phelps knows all about this even though he's still an asshole.
 
2013-07-17 04:05:50 PM

Pangea: Voiceofreason01: having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.

It does, actually. Considering the word license means permission. Fred Phelps knows all about this even though he's still an asshole.


fine: but just because you can doesn't mean that you should
 
2013-07-17 04:08:54 PM

Voiceofreason01: Pangea: Voiceofreason01: having a legal right to free speech does not give you licence to go around being an asshole.

It does, actually. Considering the word license means permission. Fred Phelps knows all about this even though he's still an asshole.

fine: but just because you can doesn't mean that you should


Is there a test I can take to get my asshole license? Because I'm pretty sure I would pass handily, unless I had to get to the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2013-07-17 04:11:08 PM
I would rather that than what actually happens.  My mom reads something on my site or on FB or whatever, then calls me to give me her comments.  That turns into 1/2 hour well spent.
 
2013-07-17 04:17:56 PM
As long as it isn't an incest blog, who cares? Mod her down.
 
2013-07-17 04:26:33 PM

SBinRR: Fuggin Bizzy: , but instead I changed my privacy settings to exclude her from the occasional post where I don't want her to weigh in. Then she can just be herself. If they (our parents) stick with it, they'll probably eventually get it, just like we did.

I had to do the same thing with my dad.  He retired last year, and suddenly the internet he wanted nothing to do with for the last fifteen years has become interesting, and he's a family stalker on Facebook.  Privacy settings pretty much fixed it for me, my daughter, my sister, my nephew....


I post the most vile shiat on FB.  So people banhammer me and I don't have to worry about their comments.  Just the comments of my friends.  Win/Win
 
2013-07-17 04:28:59 PM

Gunny Walker: Because People in power are Stupid: I lost my mother in 1984. The author knows nothing of embarrassment. Imagine a teenage boy having to push his mom around in a wheelchair, in the mall where all the cute girls hang out. THAT is embarrassment.

Yeah, you should have gotten some pity sex out of that one. Sorry, buddy. Maybe if you tell that story today, you can still work it.


The girls his age he'd get today might be the ones needing that wheelchair.
 
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