Friday, February 05, 2010

Fwd: Past Forward

Dad sent me a forward, a Powerpoint presentation, and he and I ended up having an argument over emails. Yes, it's in the genes, picking up an non-issue and having tedious arguments which follow like streets (and twisting metaphors on their feet.) Hell I could write a post on it, but I won't inflict the pain on you, unless you want me to.

But that's not the point. The point is, the forward was so bad, and so damn bad that I loved it. It was like watching a bad B-grade Hindi movie. And that's when I thought, that these forwards, the original weapons of mass distraction, are all but gone from my inbox. Gone are the days of the subject lines: "Fw: FWD: Fwd: FWd: [tbc1998_thebest] Family(Beautiful mail) Must read.", "Amaaazing video [Must watch]", "Too funny", "awwwesome" all with an "enjoy" in the body of the email as the sender's helpful comment. No more retelling of "History Mystery..........Lincoln & Kennedy", in font size 45. No more doing to death of "Cow economics", in pink and blue and green and black. No more "Tips for staying young....... NICE". No more wmv attachments. No more studying the forwarding trail and knowing the email addresses of strangers. All gone.

Now, link sharing is through FB, video sharing through youtube, "good morning" sharing through twitter. Save for some people in my parents generation, no-one else seems to send them. At least to me. It's good, but it's also sad because the glorious opportunity of judging people on the basis of forwards they send is now gone. (I am like my mother. I stereotype. It's faster.) A friend of mine once broke up with a girl who made the ultimate mistake of sending him a "Gud morng!!!!" forward replete with pictures of soft-focused flowers leaning in all directions. A friend of mine lost his job because he accidentally sent his lady boss some misogynistic stuff. She wasn't offended by the content, but by the all those hopping gifs. Ok, the last bit is made up, but this bit is true: a friend sent a wedding invite in that format, peppered with animated gifs, and am sure many people missed the joke, not giving him credit for his degrees, and skipped his wedding.

So yeah, I'm really glad that these are all but gone from my inbox. Do you still get them?


Purely Narcotic said...

Yup, yup! From the mother who wants to save my mortal Christian soul and teens who are just discovering the joys of teh internetz. Grr.

Anonymous said...

I so hate these Fwd: !!

Kartik said...

Used to back up forwards for posterity. Wonder why? Sigh

shub said...

Yes, from uncles. Can I fwd you some of those?

Mo said...

PurelyNarcotic - Oh the teens are painful. I accidentally got stuck with a bunch once. "dood, who r ya"

Anon - I do too.

Kartik - I should have some little johnny jokes somewhere.

Shub - Don't you dare.

At least it confirms my theory that it's only our parents generation who still send this stuff.

Ashwin said...

I too used to look through the forward chain observing all the folks in it! :-)

I do not get any forwards now. Once in a bluemoon I might get one from dad or sis. That's it!

All the friends who used to spam-forwards have either disappeared from online activities (typically after their marriage) or have moved their spam activities to Orkut/Facebook/Twitter. The email inbox has actually started to look boring :-D

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Tiny's Parental Unit said...

Every day, at least two from dear ol' Dad! Mostly political stuff, but at least I agree with what he sends me.