It’s my masochistic streak that pulls me towards Zanet on IRC, or perhaps it’s my misguided sense of idealism that there may still exist a community of iconoclasts and anarchists for justice who believe the world could do with a vigorous shakedown.
But again, I emerge disappointed and disillusioned at the quality of the South African educational system, the family dynamics of our communities and the socialisation processes of which all of these chatters are product.
Here, I walk through the mindfield of generalisation (I’m fully aware that not all chatters can be lumped together, so consider this the disclaimer. It is not my intent to be vitriolic)
Barely functionally literate, I am astounded that many are even tech-savvy enough to operate computers, cellphones and software applications.
Even if you believe IQ tests are flawed and culturally-biased, you will agree that most of these kids (who are first language English speakers) would have a tough time on any sort of test that involved general knowledge, literary comprehension and advanced vocabulary.
What follows is the verbatim exchange of a waste of irony and perfectly good sarcasm-
handSum_dude: how u
me: well and you
handSum_dude: kewl aslr
me: 23 f jhb
handSum_dude: ru hot?
me: what do you mean?
handSum_dude: R u hot?
me: By whose standards?
handSum_dude: Lyk goodlooking
handSum_dude: By u own standards
me: Well, no one makes the sign of the cross at my approach so I’m fortunate like that I guess.
handSum_dude: By u standards u hot
handSum_dude: Ment ur
me: ur? What is ur? Universal retard?
handSum_dude: Bye nice chatin
me: Handsum eh?
me: Is that like a euphemism for wanker? You’re quite brave to have that as a nick
me: Well, you’re being honest, lots of chatters hide behind nicks that declare themselves as gorgeous, attractive human beings, and you’re just telling it like it is. Hello World. This is me.
me: Respect man, respect.
*in all my years chatting, I’ve only been asked what my ‘r’ was twice and both occasions were fairly recent. I don’t see how race is fundamental to an online exchange. We recently buried an apartheid stalwart (google "groot krokodil") and people who ask such frivolities are better off munching mud too.