#WhiteBoyWednesday—a thing that happens on Twitter!—brings many questions. How can you best enjoy white boys on Wednesday? We investigated.
Can you pander and post selfies?
@Swirlovin #WhiteBoyWednesday #TeamBlackGirls pic.twitter.com/P5sfgPrDPB
— Richie The C. (@JukeNuke_em) October 23, 2013
Actually… probably yes.
I always check out the white guys that hash tag #TeamBlackGirls on #WhiteBoyWednesday to see if they are attractive .
— LEGNA (@teamANGEL_) October 23, 2013
Should you troll black men on #WhiteBoyWednesday?
It's Wednesday so it's only right!! #WBW #WhiteBoyWednesday #InterracialLove #SwirlLovin pic.twitter.com/39QOan0S7O
— Swirl Love (@SwirLove) October 23, 2013
Are we in danger of overusing the word "trolling" to the point where it loses all meaning? Oh no, how will we ever express the sentiment of "I am irritated enough about this to point it out but not willing to engage any further with it" if that happens?
Actually, Farhad Manjoo makes a few good points in his Slate screed against the overuse of "trolling." Because, yes: some people who look like trolls are just trawling, for pageviews (or book deals, or maybe sex, who knows what dark things people want). Like for instance, if you have to say "Sure, my piece and its headline were hyperbolic," then you are probably just trawling the Internet with a big, loud net, but you are not actually trolling, because you do believe what you are saying. Despite being hyperbolic. Which, understandably, gives readers confusion.
And then probably some famous trolls aren't actually trolls! It sometimes happens that people [...]
The more one reads the Times' Styles section, the more one is convinced that it is a week-in, week-out exercise in trolling — giving bloggers topics to opine on and get lathered up about, as predictable in call and response as the Barbra Streisand references in the old Saturday Night Live sketch "Coffee Talk." That silly article on Sunday about the completely publishing-devised nontrend of "Formerly Hots" was but the most egregious example of the Times trying to get the self-appointed commentariat riled up — and succeding. And don't think the Wall Street Journal, which has been attempting to gain ground on the Gray Lady, hasn't noticed! Indeed, [...]