Something Smells Rotten ...Jul 7, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
What is a girl to do? I have been wrestling around with this one for a few weeks now, keeping hope that I can just let it go and move on with the the many other things I have to do, say, rate, and etc. But it keeps coming back to bite me on the .... well, you know.
Out With It.
Ok, I happened about a month ago on a particular writer's reviews in the More Just In box. I read, I rated, I was interested, and I clicked to see more. In this particular case I was interested for a specific reason. It was a children's book review. And it sounded vaguely "familiar".
I have admitted before, I am not an expert on anything. That being said, there are some things I do know about. Having a degree in Special Education and Reading, I have had to read a number of children's books throughout my education. Plus I have a love for them, and use them often in my classroom and now with my son.
Are you all familiar with book jackets? This is the covering some books have that not only protect the book, but provide additional information beyond the title, author, and etc. One of the nice features is they provide a synopsis of the story.
The review reminded me of a book jacket. Jackets contain certain wording and have a certain "flow" to them. Plus they are written from a totally objective and factual point of view, providing plot information and the like. So I checked this person's profile. They seem to be churning out many of these children's books reviews in 1 day. " Well, maybe they are saving up their typing and submitting them", I think to myself. But something seems "off". My sensors are up.
I ask to be alerted when this person writes new reviews, and I follow the posts they make. Today 8 children's books, a few days later 7 movie reviews. And intermingled with these are a few very short, non descriptive reviews on various topics.
So I get to wondering - how come this person is so eloquent on Monday, and can't avoid a run-on sentence on Wednesday?
I am perplexed.
It has been over a month now, and each time I read a review by this person I think, something's not right . So today I added them to my Web of Distrust. I feel ok in doing this, though I obviously have not let it go (after all, you do not see my typing out reviews on my other members on my Distrust list).
I sort of get the feeling this person may be getting reviews from somewhere, but I cannot figure out where. It just does not feel "right". In real life (yes, the world outside of Epinions) I would not feel comfortable associating with this type of person, so why should I on here? I feel we must be "true" to who we are - whether on-line or off.
Situations like this are helping to build my "personality" here - hopefully one that reflects that type of person I am when I finally click off this site and shut down my computer for the night.
* I decided to put this under Developing My Personality - after reading all of the suggestions Epinions leaves for each category, I felt this fit the best here *
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