My God, I’m sick of these contests. I can’t remember the last time I received a facebook invite that was an invite to a real physical event that was sent to me as a person, not as a number on a spam list. It’s all VOTE FOR ME! VOTE FOR ME! CLICK THESE LINKS!
And I don’t even blame the people asking for votes. Who doesn’t want to get ahead/win/be noticed? I blame these damn contests. I’m no social media pro but there has got to be a better way to attract attention to your company than turning people into shilling, begging spammers, annoying the shit out of all their friends and acquaintances.
I did one of these contests once and I even annoyed the crap out of myself and I was so relieved when it was over!
I occasionally vote in these contests, but I definitely only vote when I really think the entry/contestant is awesome. These contests are so stupid anyway, being more popularity contests than talent/ability contests which doubly reinforces the idea that it’s not what you know but who you know and how many people you know that matters to succeed.
in no particularly order:
zombies (including anything involving raising the dead from the grave, including certain fashion labels *cough*Halston*cough* *cough*Vionnet*cough*)
bacon (It tastes good. It is not manna from the heavens.)
cupcakes (They usually taste good. Get over it.)
kittens (I mean, they have to be extraextraextraordinarily cute, not just run-of-the-mill cute.)
oversharing (Tell me all your juicy sex stories. I don’t care what you ate for breakfast, when you last took a crap, what your mother’s cousin’s fiancee’s babydaddy’s brother did for Festivus. I don’t consider myself a secretive person, but I feel like the CIA sometimes.)***
***It is slightly inaccurate to list this as this, unlike other list items, was never something I was into, so therefore I’m not over it as much as I just always disliked it.)
People bemoan there’s nothing new* in fashion anymore. But there are more designers than ever. Everyone and their mother’s cousin’s babysitter’s great aunt’s pet dog is a “designer” now. There should be more new things to wear than ever.
Maybe there’s nothing new in fashion because people don’t wear anything new. When was the last time you bought something really different to wear? Not just tried it on for laughs at the store but bought it and wore it?
Designers love to make some weird stuff. You know what they also love? Selling stuff, so they can afford another season, another month’s rent, another meal. So they make stuff that sells. You know what sells? Simple, shapeless knits and jeans for day. Some little black dress for night. A long column with some sort of embellishment for big events.
There is a small percentage of people out there who wear the different stuff, the new stuff, the weird stuff, but not enough to encourage designers that it’s worth their investment to make more new stuff. And designers make clothes to be worn. The difference between a dress and a sculpture is a dress is made to be worn.
You want new stuff? It’s very simple supply-and-demand. Wear different stuff. That’s the only encouragement designers want or need to make more new stuff, think more deeply about their work, push themselves creatively. Who’s going to put in the effort if you’re just going to wear the shift dress anyway?
*I mean good new. Not all new is good. See jeggings, backtacular gluteal cleft shields, and Uggs.