I call it “The Rainman Effect” when serious mental diseases are trivialized or even romanticised. While I like the film in itself I can understand the criticism it gets for portraying what is a daily struggle for a lot of people as a superpower.
I also remember the time in the 90’ies – early 00s when characters on Ally McBeal exhibited Tourette’s syndrome – usually in a hilarious manner.
And finally I find it strange how Obsessive-compulsive disorder has become somewhat of a shiny medal you wear – partially thanks to countless internet memes (my favourite being about how it should be CDO – for alphabetized correctness). I liked Glee’s Emma for being able to be a funny character on a funny show while still leaving no doubt that her condition was a major problem for her.
I remember a friend asking one of her co-workers to please leave some files in the correct order once she was done going through them and she replied – “Oh don’t worry – I’m OCD”.
All that said I think it’s a good thing that people are able to talk about mental diseases more freely. But I am some times worried that the line between diagnosis and quirk is getting blurred. I’m not sure a prejudice that takes the form of trivialization of a condition is any better than one that takes the form of mistrust and stigmatization.
I suffer from an acute dislike of containers being used for the wrong substance or object. Especially when it comes to vessels from which one drinks. One of my previous roomies tendency to drink water from wine glasses being a prime example. I will often refer to this as an “OCD-thing” but it’s not really. I like putting paper clips on papers, alphabetizing and colour coordinating. As such I react very strongly to this:
Bing? Msn? Really? Skype – I thought we were better friends than this. I am hurt.
I understand that you have somehow made yourself indispensable and I recognise that you are doing an OK job keeping yourself updated on my computer. I would – however – kindly ask you to not push this crap on me. ASK is a terrible search engine and I detest toolbars clogging up my browser. Your “recommendation” is bothersome and makes me wish I did not need your product.
I think Lasse sent me this just to make sure I was remembering to not do stupid things.
I keep receiving emails from “firstname.lastname@example.org” (it’s actually sent from another email but somehow they manage to make this one show as the sender when you first look at it in the inbox).
This is – of course – a scam trying to steal my login details for Diablo III but I am impressed with how authentic they make it look. If it wasn’t for the fail English.
At first when you see an email like this you are worried (did I do something wrong?) and at this stage I guess some people panic and actually does what the email says it wants you to. Which is what the sender is hoping for of course. Then as you figure it out the worry is replaced with anger. Someone is trying to cheat me and I want to punch them in the face. Then finally you feel good with yourself for spotting the scam and make a blogpost about it. If I’m really lucky someone will run across this and know that the email they received is a fake. Make sure to send a nice “fuck you” email back. It helps your mood.
We have already noted that you are trying to sell your personal World of Warcraft Diablo III account.
It will be ongoing for further investigation by Blizzard Entertainment’s employees.
If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account ownership. You must complete the steps below to secure the account and your computer.
STEP 1: ACCOUNT INVESTIGATION
We now provide a secure website for you to verify that you have taken the appropriate steps to secure the account, your computer, and your email address. Please go to this site and follow the instructions:
[evil bogus link to website thinly disguised as an official Blizzard site]
STEP 2: VERIFY YOUR SUBMISSION WAS RECEIVED
We will contact you with further instructions once we have received and processed your submission. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours of submitting this form, please resend it from the address listed above.
Please be aware that if unauthorized access to this account, it may lead to further action against the account.
Fare Thee Well,
Game Master Dunarthra
I was always completely unconcerned about the Facebook updates and the whole violation of my rights as a thinking individual and all that stuff (btw I LOVE the friendship pages – they’re deliciously creepy). I used to relate to it as if someone changed my World of Warcraft interface or changed my character name – that would make me pissed – so I could make an appropriate face when people bitch about it. I guess this works as a metaphor as well.
I am happy that I have a YouTube user account. I like keeping track of strange channels and even from time to time enjoy when YouTube makes suggestions for things I might like to watch. But every time I scroll down I just regret it. As did the guy who suggested people might be more receptive to the point if “calmdragon” used less obsceneties in his arguments.
Some time I just start reporting and then come to an hour later… not really feeling like I have made the world a better place. But I can’t ignore it. I just can’t.