JazzyDJ wrote:I wouldn't exactly say that. I am one of only 2 people in my entire High School (9-12) to have scored a flawlessly perfect score on the reading and comprehension test out of a school about 10,000 students, (and was just tested again 2 weeks ago by a professional career placement counceler with only 1 question missed in that one) and yet I still find the point lost in the attempts of trying to be popular via that sarcasm. To say that it's an IQ test and that if you don't 'get it' then you're stupid, comes across rather arrogantly in my estimation.
godix is exactly right about sense of humor. It's a matter of tastes in humor and that's all it is. To say it's anything more than that is just attempting to stroke one's own ego.
But if you feel the need to call a person (such as myself) stupid (at my expense) just because we don't see any legitimacy in sarcasm, have at it. It won't make me lose any sleep at night. Just make sure to have fun with it because everybody could use a little more laughter and happiness.
A) That's really fucking pathetic that 9998 HS students are that god damned illiterate. It isn't exactly surprising but it is pathetic. Don't they teach Mark Twain, George Orwell, or Jonathan Swift anymore? Not that I'm anywhere near their quality but come on; satire, sarcasm, and going to the extreme to drive home a point have been around for a long long time. Anyone who is literate enough to read something beyond The Cat in the Hat should be able to identify when those techniques are being used. It's not a question of seeing legitimacy in sarcasm, it's a question of do you even understand when something is sarcasm and do you get the point behind the sarcasm.
B) You're a fair bit younger than the level I usual target my comments towards. I generally assume people reading my comments are old enough they have experience being on their own, have had adult relationships (hint: banging Mary Sue in the back seat of a car after prom is not an adult relationship), and they have been around enough to have some sense of perspective about life. I don't know if that really makes a difference or not though.
C) I am arrogant but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with thinking you are better than average in some respects, especially if there's evidence that your belief is true. I believe I am above average in intelligence which means, by the very definition of 'above average', that I believe I'm smarter than many people. That's an arrogant statement but it's also a true statement. This is no better or worse than if Matt Damon thought he is sexier than most men, Johnny Depp thought he was a better actor than most, or Obama thought he was more charismatic than others. Some people are better than average at some things. It doesn't make sense to try and hide that or disparage it, if anything a person should focus on it since that's their strong suit. Would you like to see Koop or Nostro give up on making videos because they're afraid showing their skill might be viewed as arrogant? False modesty helps when you're trying to get people to feel good about themselves and you but if you aren't playing the 'I wanna be popular' game all false modesty means is that you aren't using your abilities to the most you could be. Being merely average isn't a good thing.
Incidentally, true arrogance would be to say because I'm smarter than average then I must be smarter than everyone around me which is not what I believe. There are people in the community at least as intelligent as me and mostly likely more intelligent. If I get into serious discussions those are the people I want to do it with because I might get something out of the discussion. If I get into serious discussions with morons the only thing I get out of it is a headache and the moron probably doesn't get anything out of it either. Being able to understand subtext, rationally infer motive, and understand the central point of a comment without needing a smiley to identify when something shouldn't be taken at face value is a sign of intelligence. So that is one of the measures I use to determine if someone is worth talking to seriously or not.
Since you've already mentioned you have problems identifying sarcasm let me point out at no point in this post was I being sarcastic. Well, maybe the Cat in the Hat comment but even that wasn't all that sarcastic.