there's a rule in comedy that describes the operation of running gags. the gag is funny the first time you see it, and if you do it right it may be a little funnier the next couple of times or it might get less funny immediately; either way you hit diminishing returns pretty soon, and they continue diminishing.
First time is funny
second time might be
third time might be
eighth time definitely isn't, except in the absurdity attached
then a strange thing happens. when you've brought the joke back around way too many times it suddenly becomes far funnier than the first time. hits you like a freight train
I first saw the Do You Love The Color Of The Sky post in 2010. I remember it being cool the first couple of times, I remember it being infuriating for the next several, I remember it being parodied, I remember informal etiquette developing around not reblogging the dashboard clogging monstrosity, I remember it dropping off in frequency and seeming to have been almost entirely forgotten.
I just saw it again, the original post from way back when, and eleven years from the first encounter I'm discovering something new. Today it feels like running into an old friend.
Today it feels better than the first time I saw it, like a sunrise after a night dancing.
(you can totally just delete this I'm half musing anyways) In regards to "what do you mean the porn ban wasn't all bad" it really is weird to watch everyone be "THE CHILDREN" one minute and "wait what do you mean it isn't my god given right to post (and only maybe tag) my conglomeration of fetishes and graphic fantasies on a site with no actual moderation and a massive community of minors."
I'm aware I'm not saying anything you haven't (at least in regards to what/why it isn't appropriate). That's because there's just not much to add.
I guess I'm just talking bc like... we all are extremely aware that tumblr didn't do the ban correctly and it barely dented the problem they were actually targeting, but the moment you go "buddy that was pretty not appropriate for here anyways- sucks that you can't now but there's entire forums for that stuff. Go there." people act like you killed their dog. You can't win with them and of course it's not just tumblr. Have a good day though if you read this far, keep on going you funky little blog.
i swear to god no one remembers the fluffy chicken post on this website where that one user said if they got 500k notes their mother would buy them a fluffy chicken. honestly at this point i feel like it was an elaborate fever dream. that shit CONSUMED my dash for weeks.