Hodgman’s meh

Thursday 5 March 2009

John Hodgman isn’t just funny and intelligent, he’s also fighting the good fight for sincerity and engagement by opposing “meh”:

It’s part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me.

For another Hodgman demonstration of how to be cool, funny, emotional, and involved all at the same time, watch his wonderful brief digression on matters of lost time.

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Sumana Harihareswara 8:11 AM on 5 Mar 2009

Thanks for the pointer, Ned. You inspired me to emit a post on sincerity and engagement in conversation.

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Nate 8:39 AM on 5 Mar 2009

Yeah, I posted too. My response was pretty much - he's putting way too much importance into a simple word. Meh isn't some great indicator of the degeneration of our culture. It's just a convenient shorthand for "I don't feel like it" or "You know what? That's really not doing anything for me"

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Eduardo 1:08 PM on 5 Mar 2009

Nate: why even answer, then?

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Kevin Spencer 4:57 PM on 6 Mar 2009

I like John Hodgman as much as the next bloke but thought his appearance in BSG the other week was lacking something. Just felt odd somehow.

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