Someone is Wrong on the Internet!

I wanted to post this screenshot of my stats to illustrate a couple things:

  1. My blog has never seen so much traffic. I see all is back to normal, now, though, and I can go back to talking to myself ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Even though I had 250+ visitors in two days, only four people commented. And one of those people I know. So three people who’d never been to my blog before said something. This isn’t a complaint; it’s an observation. Way more people just read than read and comment; if you’ve ever looked at your site stats you know this to be true.

Perhaps the strangest and most interesting thing about #creepythesis is the way people talked about it, about me. As if I was never going to see what they said. (More on this later.) As if Twitter were a private chatroom.

Which it most definitely is not.

While you were following #creepythesis on the weekend, an SFU staffer who monitors Twitter was following keywords of interest to him. You know, like SFU.

(You see where this is going, right?)

#creepythesis may have blown up and burned out faster than ’70s child star, but whether anyone actually intended to follow through on the twitterstorm is moot, because said staffer-who-was-monitoring-SFU-tweets emailed the dean about it anyway.

Anyhow. This isn’t about me, per se. It’s more a heads up for the next time someone is wrong on the internet.

Duty Calls

This is fair warning that I am totally turning #creepythesis into a paper. I’ll be posting some of my initial thoughts as I have time. I’ll tag everything with #creepythesis, so you can just follow that if you want to keep apprised but don’t want to read my other posts.

15 thoughts on “Someone is Wrong on the Internet!

    1. Theryn Post author

      I’m hoping it’ll be collaborative. I’ll be writing about it here so anyone who wants to can put their 27ยข* in ๐Ÿ™‚

      (*It’s the internet. 2ยข just isn’t enough ๐Ÿ˜‰ The 27 is for Erin.)

  1. Erin Tolley

    Good for you! And I hope you mean that you will not only turn your thesis into a paper, but also write about the controversy that it inspired. It’s a super interesting case of how people conceive of the internet, their privacy, and virtual spaces. I was fascinated by it… and also forced to figure out just what I think, and that’s exactly what good research is about. (And PS, I thought you handled the thing like a superstar… My 2 cents anyway)

    1. Theryn Post author

      I did mean turn the #creepythesis controversy into a paper. I’m supposed to have been turning my thesis into a paper (actually I wanted it to be two: genre & content), but now I think the controversy is more interesting and I’m kind of glad I haven’t done anything with it yet. Yay, procrastination!

      And thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Your post was great. I’m pulling together a round-up of #creepythesis posts.

  2. TrudyJ

    I’ve been thinking of a follow-up post I wanted to make about this whole “making assumptions” thing in your thesis, and how it relates to images we project of ourselves in our writing, so I’ll let you know when I post that in case it has any interest or relevance to what you’re doing.

  3. DaniGirl

    So Theryn, I’m dying to ask: *who* was wrong on the Internet this time?

    (I figgered it wouldn’t be long before someone turned #creepythesis into a paper – I suppose you do have dibs. Now at least if I see stalkerish traffic patterns in the referral logs, I’ll know what’s up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    1. Theryn Post author

      I think the point of “someone is wrong on the internet” (how I interpret it; ymmv) is that on the internet we tend to get into these circular arguments that we can’t stop poking at (we’re having one at TC right now, fwiw). In reality, neither side is necessarily wrong, they may just be talking at cross-purposes.

    2. coffeewithjulie

      I wondered the same thing at first too Dani too! Especially since in this particular situation, I don’t see that anyone was outright “wrong.” But then when I looked at the comic, I just saw myself and my hubby shrugging, wondering why I even care about “someone on the internet” in the first place!

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