There's oh so much whining in microposts....are you guilty?
But what are we really doing? Are we just complaining? .....sometimes we are really trying to show-off (e.g. the humblebrag) or construe solidarity with a particular identity/personae/world view.
Interestingly, the 2nd most common 3-gram in HERMES - I HAVE TO - was most commonly used in complaints - usually about work, school and sleep (often all 3!):
18 hours of no sleep. I have to go to work and i`m still going out tonight. FAIL!
I'm writing this post while I should be sleeping but I promised I'd post on Thursdays! Just made it in time!
zzzzzzz (My youngest son is unwell = no sleep for me)
Hi! I'm currently writing a doctoral thesis chapter on complaining in Twitter, and by some Google magic I came across your post! If you've written that paper about whinging, I would be awfully grateful for a reference or even a peek at the pdf! There isn't very much done on Twitter yet from the linguistic perspective, so all of your work is on my bedside table :) DariaReplyDelete
Hi Daria. Do you have a copy of my book on Twitter? There's a chapter in there on the Fail meme that deals a bit with complaining...but a paper on complaints is definitely still on my to-do list. I'll send you my UNSW email so we can be in contact.ReplyDelete
yes, I know the chapter. The book's great by the way, I really like it! I tried to get it for review for elanguage, but it was snapped within seconds of the list going online.Delete
My ballet twitterers also have a complaining hashtag (not sure if it reached the status of a meme...) #ballerinaproblems Sometimes entertaining, sometimes horrifying
I have on my to-do list a paper on complaining in microblogging in relation to affiliation. Microblogging affords previously unavailable opportunities to complain about the details of daily life to a large audience. buy instagram followersReplyDelete
Interestingly, the 2nd most common 3-gram in HERMES - I HAVE TO - was most commonly used in complaints - usually about work, school and sleep (often all 3!): details hereReplyDelete