Realm Of Randomness

July 3, 2007

iHate these trends

Filed under: Humour,Rant — Randomizer @ 12:21 am

Here is a list on the Telegraph, of the most irritating internet words… ‘Blogosphere’ being one of the most hated… ‘Netiquette’ is on the list as well. While I don’t seem to mind the ‘Blogosphere’ that much, I’ve really begun to hate the ‘web-ification’ of common words – etiquette to netiquette, and so on.

Some other trends I’ve hated in the past and begun to hate these days..

  • Adding a small ‘i’ to a common word to make it look cool. Apple invented this trend with the revolutionary iPod and the iMac. But by the time they reached iTV and iPhone I felt it was getting old. Now if this trend stuck only with Apple products, I wouldn’t have minded all that much. But what the hell is with iGoogle ? It doesn’t even sound cool ! First there was e-Commerce, e-Mail, e-World, e-Books … now the same thing with the ‘i’ ? What next ? Give it up already!
  • SMS lingo was terrible during my days in India, with every sentence sounding lk it din hv ne vwls in it. I hope that trend is long gone. It was terrible, terrible. Even with the advent of dictionary phones with auto-complete features, people still loved using unreadable SMS-style words.
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    Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie = Brangelina , Tom Cruise + Katie Holmes = TomKat,
    What + TF = WTF
  • Replacing ‘s’ with ‘z’, like skillz , to even name companies, like Dreamz Unlimited . WTF were you thinking, SRK ?
  • Thankfully, the Metrosexual phase is gone ! Men being excessively bothered about their appearance … to the extent of manicures? No thanks!
  • The Bangalorean ‘da’ … as in ‘what da?’ and ‘come on, da’
  • Video games accompanying the release of all movies. Spiderman 3, Transformers, Fantastic four, … Ratatouille ? It’s obvious that these game will suck … its just an overdose of the franchise… and knowing the Gaming industry, and the hard deadline of a release date on or immediately after the movie release date, I can only imagine the quality of these games.
  • Product placements – I agree nothing can beat product placements in Bollywood movies … the product is not even attempted to be concealed and you see dance sequences in front of giant Coke/Pepsi billboards all the time … but it is getting increasingly frustrating to see these in Hollywood movies, and TV serials. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but these placements are getting onto the screen a lot more often these days.
  • Those ‘—- has added you on —–‘ mails in your Inbox. Replace the first blank with any of your friends/ acquaintances/ relatives, and the second blank with either of WAYN, Friendster, Yahoo 360, or any of the dozens of other new social networking sites. Jeez, how many networks of the same people does a person need to have ?

Do add more to this list !

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14 Comments »

  1. – “what say ?” and “say what”…as in “Lets go to a movie, say what !”
    FO !

    “ma friend”,

    moi instead of a simple me – “moi going to sleep”

    Comment by Sharath Rao — July 3, 2007 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

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  3. I’d be guilty of ‘what say?’ :P . Will keep in mind that it is on some peoples ‘iHate’ trends ! ;)
    .. and thanks for the link .

    Comment by Randomizer — July 3, 2007 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  4. While I agree with most of your comments on things you hate, I do take offense with regards to the metro sexual bit… while I hate the label, I don’t think anyone would hate to get pampered… yourself included. Its always nice to be treated like a king and I think getting groomed, be it a pedicure, manicure or even a day at the spa … the primary motivation is to be pampered… Yes, there is a secondary motivation to look sharp/smart/well groomed, but that is evolutionary – birds, apes, dogs… they all do it…grooming that is :)

    What I hate is how people manage to label such acts as ‘camp’ or ‘fag-like’! Is a day at the spa so wrong? And if so how does one arrive at that conclusion? Yes, I do have an intrinsic reason to have this discussion because I’ve always wanted to get a pedicure and manicure done… and I recently visited the Banyan Tree Spa and was treated like royalty and boy did it feel good.

    Sadly, almost every male that I know feels the opposite about these things, but I can’t understand this whole machismo act. Don’t men get their hair styled? Well why is that assumed to be within the limits of manliness while getting your nails clipped by someone else is not?

    Comment by Luciferratic — July 8, 2007 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  5. I agree with the list wholeheartedly.
    And something that has always irritated me is The Big (Amitabh Bachchan)B’s face endorsing every conceivable thing that exists on this planet. B modelling for Damas’ range of diamonds took the cake. And of course, Aishwarya Rai also being thrown into the mix makes it all one helluva spoiler.

    Comment by Joy — July 8, 2007 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  6. @Luciferratic –

    Metrosexuality has always been about connecting with your feminine side… If you watched this South park episode , you’d know exactly what I was talking about. Metrosexuality basically stole gay culture, and there was no way to differentiate between a homosexual and a straight metrosexual anymore.

    Now there is absolutely no problem with either Homosexuality Or Metrosexuality. The problem I have is with Metrosexuality as a Trend. And the problem with Trends is that if you want to be ‘Trendy’, which almost everyone wants to be, you gotta go with the flow. And that meant – manicures/ pedicures /beauty treatment and so on to be one of the ‘in’ crowd :) …

    Personally, I think it’s too much of a pain, and I could never take care of myself like that… thankfully it’s not a fad anymore, and I can continue being as sloppy, messy, and unkempt as is permissible, and not be instantly shunned into the ‘untrendy’ category. While I don’t deny the ‘thats too girly for me’ factor, which I am happy you have embraced, there is also the ‘thats too much work’ factor in play. :)

    Comment by Randomizer — July 8, 2007 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  7. @Joy –

    You are forgetting M.Dhoni ! :) At the time I left India he was just getting famous… by the time I got back on vacation, Dhoni was on every freaking billboard in Bangalore !

    I remember reading somewhere that the big B was so ‘huge’ in terms of brand value that you would never look at him and think of any brand whatsoever … because his image would cast a shadow on the brand itself. Add to that the fact that he endorses every damn thing, and I have no clue why any marketing campaign would want him anymore.

    Comment by Randomizer — July 8, 2007 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  8. Fortunately the metrosexual trend never did come around to this part of the world and I’d have to agree with you that as a ‘trend’ yes it’d bother me too. But do me a favour and help me out here – isn’t the sloppy, messy, disheveled look still a ‘trend’? If I’m not mistaken it’s the grunge look, which ultimately does fall within the purviews of a ‘trend’.

    P.S. – haven’t watched that episode of SP, but the plot did sound amusing, but then again all episodes of SP do…

    Comment by Luciferratic — July 9, 2007 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  9. You’re right. The grunge look is a trend… But isn’t it awesome this way ? :) We do absolutely no work with respect to hairstyle, pedicures, manicures, beauty treatment, etc … and we still get to be trendy. I hope this trend lasts for a long, long, time. It is the easiest to maintain.

    Comment by Randomizer — July 9, 2007 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  10. You can’t seriously expect me to not come to the defense of the big G :P

    I personally think (i repeat, personally, not opinion of said company) that “iGoogle” is more a copy of “myYahoo” and “MY MSN” than it is of “iPod” or other Apple products. These equivalent offerings from Yahoo and MSN have had those short-and-sweet names for a while, while Google stuck with “Google Personalized Homepage”… *even though* we internally referred to it as iGoogle (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/youve-got-gadget-mail.html). This is clearly a much more user-friendly name while not completely mimicking the “my” from Yahoo and MSN.
    That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the similarity of the name with “iPod”/”iMac” didn’t go unnoticed when they decided to rebrand the product.

    Comment by eyw1 — July 19, 2007 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  11. Heh, was waiting for you to jump up and save the big G … u damn sell-out ! :-P

    Anyways, yeah, I know ‘iGoogle’ sounds better than ‘personalized homepage’ … But iGoogle really doesn’t sound like it was meant to be ‘MyGoogle’ … instead it sounds like Google is introducing you to the *new* and improved, enhanced, prettier version of the old thing i.e plain Google ( just as iPhone is a better Phone, iPod is a better mp3 player, iTV is a better TV )

    The ‘i’ prefix in the case of iGoogle sounds like it implies ‘the new and improved’ Google page, rather than ‘i’ as in MY google…. I’m sure that the success of the Apple ‘i’ products and the coolness the ‘i’ brought was a major factor in giving the go ahead for the naming of iGoogle.

    Comment by Randomizer — July 23, 2007 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  12. *applause*

    Comment by Zen — July 26, 2007 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  13. @Zen: Now that you have commented on my site, I am going to add you as a friend on orkut, yahoo 360, friendster, facebook, myspace, wayn, hi5 and zorpia. ;) Thanks for stopping by !

    Comment by Randomizer — July 27, 2007 @ 5:16 am | Reply

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