The answer to this question is even sadder than “yes”
io9 posted my Trued Detective/SWHS video, and this comment gives me a chance to trot out my all time favorite response pic
Yes, this is a show dealing the serious issue of systematic child abuse by weird creepy rural pagan cults using Christian daycare centers as a front. Have some fucking respect for this sensitive portrayal [McConaughey smokes 5 cigs, has dumb mustache, shoots guy in bear costume]
I saw this pop up in three of my friend’s FB feeds, and while it is funny, I feel compelled to point out a few inherent errors. (Also, I like wasting time.)
First and foremost, I want to be clear I am not advocating the use of “u” for “you,” mostly because it looks stupid.
The first problem is more ethical than statistical, which is the implication the use of proper grammar reflects a certain type of moral superiority, at least according to Google (which, frankly, is the biggest underlying issue of the entire thing.) Second, these lists don’t consider age. People using “u” tend to be of a younger demographic-roughly 25 and under- that isn’t yet interested in things like charities, stock and societal impact. They’re mostly in junior high, high school and college, and are appropriately concerned about not getting diseases on their junk. Fair ‘nuff.
People who use proper grammar on the internet tend to be older, and I include myself in this category (I’m 31) since we didn’t grow up exposed to constant abbreviation and internet terminology. As people progress out of their teens and 20’s and enter the real world, they tend to become more aware of their impact on said world and those in it, hence the google searches skewed more towards a “bigger picture” angle.
Another problem is the specific use of the word “individual,” and how it connects to the top google searches. In media, advertisements, tv, etc….the word “individual” is often intentionally employed by charities, environmental practices, etc…through phrases like “one individual can make a difference,” or leading questions like “can an individual make an impact?” Organizations use the word individual to make a point, since the general population tends to think their singular actions don’t matter. Whether or not we’re aware of it, we’ve all seen/heard/read those ads and the word “individual” has lodged itself into our subconscious in connection to those types of worldly issues, so when people google those issues, many just naturally use that terminology.
And lastly, the whole thing is inaccurate since all Google searches are based on perpetually changing algorithms based on current news, trends, etc… If you google “how can an individual…” some of the top searches, conveniently omitted in the “grammar matters” meme, are “how can an individual become famous/get money/get herpes.” Also, the simple change of “how can” to (I suspect the more commonly used) “how do,” or “how does,” or use of the proper “you,” changes the results, and not necessarily for the better. But all nick-picking aside, the bottom line is typing “u” just looks dumb, so don’t do it. Aaaand there’s 10 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Fuck you, Google. #TLDR
This is all accurate, and I want to also point out that literally no human, no matter how snooty or intellectual, would ever start a sentence with “how can an individual” unselfconsciously in everyday speech or even normal prose, and I say this as a card-carrying Ivy League-educated snob. It’s a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.
"It" could stand for any in-Funkverse noun you could name, obviously
I wrote this! Yes, it’s a slideshow, but it’s also about HUMANITY’S HUBRIS