On the Internet, Everyone Knows You’re a Dumbass

Dr. Archie Morris: Hey! What is it about your need to belittle other people? Does insulting someone make you feel like a man? Bolster what little self-esteem you’re clinging to? Wow, you know, I can’t even begin to imagine what happened in your life, to make you the kind of person that everybody hates.

–ER, “Tell Me No Secrets” (11/30/06)


Pic nicked from the website's banner. Don't sue me! Back in February I mentioned that The Mike O’Meara Show is back and in podcast form. The show has found its rhythm, I think, and while it’s not the same as the broadcast program, neither should it be, given that radio is radio and podcasts are podcasts and you can’t transliterate one directly to the other, even if the show is broadcast on a station in a flyover state.

At any rate, the show runs about 65 minutes on the iPod, and I usually listen to the iPod in the car. Plus, the show releases in mid-afternoon while I’m at work. So I’ve gotten into a habit of listening to, say, Monday’s show during my travels on Tuesday, Tuesday’s show on Wednesday and so on. And some days aren’t “traveling” days for me, so I’ll fall behind in the listening so I’m often a couple of days behind. While this makes the news segment a little bit old, it doesn’t take away from the overall experience to any great extent.

This week there was an odd confluence of events where I spent a lot of time on the road, plus I took some time on Thursday evening to listen to Thursday’s show. So come Friday I was actually caught up on the show, however, because Mike was going up to New England on Friday for his mother’s 90th birthday (and I think we can give him a pass for that one), listeners were told in advance that there wouldn’t be a show on Friday. Hey, what do you want for free, anyway?

Part of the strategy for spreading the word about the show is the use of social media, such as Facebook. To that end, all of the show’s cast have public Facebook accounts. I’ve made friend requests for all of them but so far only Buzz Burbank (second from right in the photo above) has made the connection with me. The other three are still “request pending”. But I’m a patient guy, despite what…um, everyone who knows me, says.

Today, Buzz, who isn’t in New England with a 90 year old mother, posted something about being at Home Depot and noted that today is a “good weekend for all you slackers to catch up on the podcasts!” So, as a bit of a jest, I noted to Buzz that ‘It totally figures that I’d finally be caught up by Thursday evening, which gives me a three-day weekend of no new material.” Kind of a “just my luck” comment.

Within an hour, there was a message in my FB inbox:


I don’t know who John Christensen is, although I do know that he lists his current hometown as Salt Lake City. I do have to wonder what it is about my comment that led him to take the time to write a note to me personally that would be this hostile. Lord knows I’ve been far more obnoxious than this; any one of my ex-significant others will attest to that, I’m sure.

(Ladies, this doesn’t mean that I’m asking you to attest to my obnoxiousness. But thanks for offering.)

One thing I do know about Salt Lake City is that my last name is a fairly common one out there, which is kind of cool because, so far as anyone can tell, we all trace our ancestry back to a single family that came to America in the mid-to-late 1600s. So maybe it was one of my relatives who angered him so, and he decided to take it out on me.

Or, maybe he’s just a dick.

One thought on “On the Internet, Everyone Knows You’re a Dumbass”

  1. My vote would be the latter. Five hours a week of podcasts is too much to wade through. I get to one or two a week. Still very funny.

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