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March 10, 2007 6:20 AM   Subscribe

Contrived is the new original. via.
posted by signal (38 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
New is the new new.
posted by Miko at 6:36 AM on March 10, 2007


Words and arrows thrown haphazardly around are the new examples of good design.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:57 AM on March 10, 2007


MetaFilter is the new black.
posted by scblackman at 7:03 AM on March 10, 2007


INFOPORN. This is awesome, thanks.
posted by unknowncommand at 7:09 AM on March 10, 2007


Space travel is the new HIV?
posted by delmoi at 7:13 AM on March 10, 2007


This is pretty awesome in concept, but I sorta think too much space is devoted to two-node graphs.
posted by grobstein at 7:34 AM on March 10, 2007


Non sequitur is the new juxtaposition.
posted by BeerFilter at 7:35 AM on March 10, 2007


Dizzy is STILL Vice-President of Cake, dammit.
posted by Dizzy at 7:38 AM on March 10, 2007


Thug shooting is the new lovemaking?
Sex is the new sleep?
Cheese is the new morphine?
Gay is the new straight??

I've had enough of this site but... I can't look away...
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:14 AM on March 10, 2007


I wonder how and why they separate the two blacks in "black is the new black" into two distinct hubs.
posted by aaronetc at 8:16 AM on March 10, 2007


You know what bugs me is "Cingular is the new AT&T." It doesn't follow the "X is the new Y" pattern, where X replaces Y. Cingular is no more, and now it's called AT&T, so the slogan is backwards. It should be "AT&T is the new Cingular."
posted by emelenjr at 8:22 AM on March 10, 2007


aaronetc: because otherwise you'd have to have a line referring 'black' to itself.
posted by Miko at 8:38 AM on March 10, 2007


emelenjr: It's understood. Cingular is the new (incarnation of) AT & T.
posted by Miko at 8:39 AM on March 10, 2007


I'm hungry, but I'm reading Metafilter instead of having breakfast. Metafilter is the new pancakes.
posted by found dog one eye at 8:42 AM on March 10, 2007


because otherwise you'd have to have a line referring 'black' to itself.

Which would be perfectly fine in terms of what they're expressing. But how do they decide that "aggregation," "beta" and "pink" connect to the black on the left, while "anal sex," "denim" and "scar tissue" connect to the one on the right?
posted by aaronetc at 8:43 AM on March 10, 2007


I think there's black, and then there's black, which would be more black than the other black. If you look at the other black... no wait, I mean if you look at the black... you think "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black."
posted by Zack_Replica at 8:57 AM on March 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


stupid
posted by zeoslap at 9:29 AM on March 10, 2007


You know I was all for this site until "ass --> pussy". I happen to think pussy never goes out of style no matter your sexual orientation.
posted by lattiboy at 9:59 AM on March 10, 2007


More on this (chart and phenomenon) at Language Log.
posted by languagehat at 10:28 AM on March 10, 2007


arronetc: I wondered that, too, but because I couldn't see any other organizing principle, I decided it was a design decision based on the secondary connections -- a matter of leaving enough white space to fit in the other clusters that don't use the word 'black'.
posted by Miko at 10:41 AM on March 10, 2007


I'm gonna need a story behind some of these. For instance, knitting is the new rock 'n' roll.
posted by inconsequentialist at 10:45 AM on March 10, 2007


Which would be perfectly fine in terms of what they're expressing. But how do they decide that "aggregation," "beta" and "pink" connect to the black on the left, while "anal sex," "denim" and "scar tissue" connect to the one on the right?

There are categories all over the map. I think the choice of left or right is sort of arbitrary but all the colors that are the new black are on the same side and all of the things relating to sex are on the same side (even if they're not connected to black). Whatever is connected to the left-hand black side has more in common with the other categories already located on that side and the same for the right side.
posted by inconsequentialist at 10:50 AM on March 10, 2007


Anal is the new oral.lattiboy: "You know I was all for this site until "ass --> pussy". I happen to think pussy never goes out of style no matter your sexual orientation."

It's completely wrong. Everybody knows that anal is the new oral.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:16 AM on March 10, 2007


And apologies for the great renaming, lattiboy. It was a cut and paste error, rather than an attempt to cast aspersions.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:17 AM on March 10, 2007


Thanks for the clarification Peter, I thought you were suggesting I was a newsgroup about blowing myself....


PS I'm new to MetaFilter. Is the use of emoticons frowned upon? If so, what are the suggested protocols for intoning good natured fun?
posted by lattiboy at 1:13 PM on March 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


lattiboy posted: PS I'm new to MetaFilter. Is the use of emoticons frowned upon? If so, what are the suggested protocols for intoning good natured fun?

It's not frowned on, MeFites are just devoid of emotion.

Porn is the new black, the new glamor, the new crack.
Nothing is the new porn. Porn absorbs the essence of everything, while being overshadowed by nothing. This is a fun diagram, wish it were bigger.
posted by lostburner at 1:25 PM on March 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


Aw, the chart missed out on snark is the new black.

Lattiboy: The relationship between Metafilter and emoticons is a debate about "purposeful irony" and "obnoxious authenticity." For instance, you can say "Hey everybody LOL!! Funniest EVAR! :)))" but only if you don't mean it. If you actually mean it, I think Metafilter will collectively punch you in the face. However, you might be able to get away with saying something clever that's about 17-words long and offers some pithy commentary on the thread, and follow it up with a smiley, without causing too much damage.

Basically, this place is a bunch of bullies in a conga-line underneath a Chinese dragon costume, and it will breathe fire at you if you break the rules, but the rules are only written on the inside of the costume.
posted by Milkman Dan at 1:30 PM on March 10, 2007 [2 favorites]


Is the use of emoticons frowned upon?

Yes.

If so, what are the suggested protocols for intoning good natured fun?

Tone of voice, which is hard but far from impossible to convey in writing. If you're worried about how something might be taken, you can always add "(Just kidding!)." A word to the wise: straightforward is often preferable to "ironic," even though the latter is default mode for many otherwise admirable people. And don't worry, if you get it wrong and offend the crowd, once the blood has sunk into the sands and the vultures have picked your bones clean, you will rise again, as good as new, to renew the fight, hopefully a bit wiser in the Ways of MetaFilter.
posted by languagehat at 1:35 PM on March 10, 2007 [2 favorites]


"Al Qaeda is the new Nader"?
posted by ooga_booga at 1:39 PM on March 10, 2007


metafilter is the new hollywood.
(Just kidding!)
posted by gorgor_balabala at 3:38 PM on March 10, 2007


Language is the new Hat,
Secret is the new Gravy, AND
Grapefruit is the new Moon
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:07 PM on March 10, 2007


Thank you all for your quick responses in regard to emoticons. The basic message I got was that I am free to use them, but a heavy and painful fee will be exacted on my newly minted MetaFilter name.
posted by lattiboy at 4:27 PM on March 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


Down is the new up.
posted by sparkletone at 10:07 PM on March 10, 2007


MetaTalk is the new porn. The really freaky shit you don't tell anyone about, ever.
posted by kyleg at 10:34 PM on March 10, 2007


Everybody knows that anal is the new oral.

Just so long as you don't go ass to mouth.
posted by hjo3 at 5:02 AM on March 11, 2007


I'd like to point out that on the graph, about right of centre, there's this: "Karl Lagerfeld --> Steve Jobs." Just FYI.
posted by LMGM at 5:34 AM on March 11, 2007


10AM is the new 11AM.
posted by edverb at 8:22 AM on March 11, 2007


Bono --> Pope. (Catholicism would be a lot more interesting, I suppose...)
posted by mazatec at 9:05 PM on March 11, 2007


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