Pet Peeve

Pet PeeveWhen Mark Carey and I took Smells Like Sour to the web back in June, we thought it would be a great way to create a forum to discuss potential SLS songs and such. Lately, it's become a cesspool for cyber-kitties and their IM-speak.

Earlier today, someone by the name of Lisa posted her comments on the SLS page for Good Charlotte's "Hold On", a God awful tune, but that's not the point. I'll post her comment in its entirety below so you'll quickly get my point.

hi its me agen, n e 1 hu's really close 2 commitin suicide really needs 2 watch this every1 goes threw its jus whether u admit it or not theres always sum1 out there just hold on life will get betta no matter wot u say ive been really close 2 commitin suicide and this vid really helps ppl do understand even me! n e 1 want 2 tlk bout the vid or n e thin else jus reply!

Upon reading this post, I immediately responded with the following.

I can't stand the way you and the other cyber-kitties spell your words. I don't know when this became the thing to do, but I detest it with all my heart and soul. I can't even read your post because it's such a bastardized version of what the rest of us refer to as English.

You wrote, "n e 1 want 2 tlk bout the vid or n e thin else jus reply!" That's horrible. Are you stupid or just ignorant. Your post makes me want to commit suicide. I'd try and save myself as you suggested, but watching a Good Charlotte video is bound to make me want to slit my wrists anyway.

There's more, but you get the gist. Am I off base here? I understand shortening words when using an Instant Messenger, hell, I even shorten words when speaking to save a few seconds, but when you're posting comments on a site as serious as Smells Like Sour, is it too much to ask that it be legible? The Internet is being held hostage by an army of teenage girls with no respect for others travelling along this information superhighway.

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