there’s that post again

A couple of years ago I was ego surfing on google and I stumbled across this Goth FAQ on the web. And I thought: huh. (see #4.)

I assume it originally appeared on Usenet. It has that hallmark. I have no idea who wrote it or when it was originally posted. The claim that I’m telling people how to be goth comes from a “how to be goth” page I wrote and actually took down off the web in…1997? The page was a joke. It was funny (OK, not that funny). I took it down because, as the sledgehammer goth FAQ abundantly indicates, goths have no sense of humor. (and I’ll probably get still more angry teenage hate mail from that comment right there.)

The sledgehammer thing reappears over and over again, reposted on blogs and on various Goth-related sites. I run across it once in a while (the above link appeared on MSN Spaces yesterday). And every time I marvel at it: this person was so very pissed off at me that they had to enshrine insults to me in an FAQ.

Wow. Now that’s fame. A gazillion books sold? Feh! Nothing! I’ve been insulted in a how to be goth FAQ.

And I have to wonder: is there even a single net.goth out there these days who doesn’t think: Who the hell is Laura Lemay?

2 thoughts on “there’s that post again

  1. Also from point #4:

    >> even if she refuses to practice good web
    >> design on her own personal site

    That’s quite a dig… I wonder where he got that from?

  2. That’s actually a valid criticism — there were about three years there in the late 90’s when I completely abandoned my web site (and much of the real world altogether). The web world was moving on and doing all kinds of neat things with DHTML and XHTML and whatnot; my personal site was trapped in kind of a bad HTML 3.0 time warp.

    Not that I’m claiming the current design is all that fabulous. I’ve never been that great a designer.

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