venerdì, agosto 05, 2005

How to Write a Good Chain Letter: Part 1

How to Write a Good Chain Letter
By Eddie G.

Eddie G. expounds the key principles of succeeding in the ancient art of Chain Lettering in easy, comprehensible steps.

1) Make sure your Chain Letter is not messy, poorly spelt, and riddled with grammar mistakes that even a five-year-old wouldn't make.

aLlMosT evRy ChA in Let TeR cOnTeIns Tr ACEs of Ab ySSSmEl EnGr IsH. AnD, hIDEoS As i t mA y Be, fOR sOMe SiCk rEaa SoN, dis Hae pens tO attra cts many pPer son, be Coz GoOd hA lf-hOUr Wou ld bE spENded tr YinG 2 fig uures Out wHat the fUc k iT's trys to SaY. A nD s IncE yOu alReAdy Are Co Mes dis FarR, y noTt fInNish rEa DiNG tHe hOle tHi ngs lar!
(But surely someone of your intellectual capacity wouldn't stoop to something as base as this right?)

2) Make the plot of your Chain Letter as interesting as possible

For some reason, your standard issue Chain Letter always talks about people getting raped and petitioning for signatures to solicit support from the otherwise apathetic public sphere. In all honesty, this doesn't change the situation one bit, assuming that the bugger really did get his ass probed in the first place - I mean the dude gets fucking raped and all he gets is shitloads of people signing his metaphoric E-cast with time-honoured witticisms like 'better luck next time, stud', 'hope you can sit properly soon' or 'pepper spray, man! how many times do you have to get analed before you finally learn?'. Of course, nothing gets done about it, because nobody really gives a rat's ass that poor Bernie got shagged by a donkey last weekend because he tried to milk it.

Rape incidents constitute about 49% of all Chain Letter subjects. The other 49% would consist of people dying of chronic and/or terminal ailments that they picked up while horsing around somewhere in Zimbabwe, or about a poor little girl who's dying of leukemia and needs your support. For added effect, an MNC is dragged, often innocently and unwittingly, into the fray. "McDonalds has taken pity on this pour soul and have pledged to give her a Big Mac for each signature collected here" it would normally say. And people sign it willingly and unquestioningly, without ever stopping to think what a Big Mac can do to a perfectly healthy human being, let alone someone with leukemia.

The last 2% entails threats on how, if you don't send this to 5,362.16 (go figure) people in the next 48 seconds, your girlfriend will dump you for your brother because he's got a larger phallus and makes so much more money than you do.

The point I'm trying to make here is that your typical Chain Letter is so bereft of imagination, and sorely lacking in substance. I can assure you that in your entire cyber-life, you'd probably never have seen a chain letter that goes. "Hey everybody! Guess what? I got a raise! That puts me higher up on the social ladder where I can gloat at you nitwits from the securities of my newly attained bourgeois status. Send this to 5 other people just so as to make them feel inferior!" Why not be the first one?

3) Appropriate use of Subject Headers

With a little practice, the use subject headers can make your Chain Letter more irresistable to people like Weapons of Mass Destruction are to George W. Bush. Headers like "FREE PORN" work ocassionally, but are so cliche (plus the fact that it seldom really is "free") that they often wind themselves up in the Trash unread. Good subject headers are thought provoking and intriguing. Examples like "McDonalds to sue Nursery Rhyme teachers for copyright breach and defamation. Ee-ai-ei-ai-oh!" are good because everybody knows McDonalds and "Ee-ai-ei-ai-oh!" is easy to pronounce.

Refrain from using reverse psychology. While they normally work on intellectuals who contemplate the purpose of every blasted thing with relation to the Greater Cosmic Balance, you must realize that there are many, many others (unless you're a blonde or the aforementioned Bush) who are much dumber than you are. For these people, they tend to take everything at face value (which is why some Chinese keep goldfish because they think its a great bargain) and hence Headers like "You Wouldn't Want To Read This" would bounce off them like squash ball.

Also, you might want to add a few "FWD:"s to make it all more authentic, almost as if it really has been passed around. A good example would perhaps start with "FWD:FWD:FWD:", but do not be too liberal when using "FWD:"s. If you're not going to open a mail whose subject header begins with "FWD:FWD:FWD:RE:RE:FWD:RE:FWD:FWD:RE:FWD:FWD:RE", then don't expect anyone else to. Not only is it annoying, but nobody's going to believe that you're that well-acquainted anyway.

More to come in Part 2...

Ye who seek for audience, let ye speak now!

And so it came to past that at 07 agosto, 2005 23:41, in the presence of The Eddie G., Blogger imprisoned_soul had spoken the following...

Marriages were good, Dreams were focused.
Best friends lived barely a wave away.
It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we kept. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made us crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing. We did not want to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more. But after our folks died, we were struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... while we have it... it's best we love it.... and care for it... and fix it when it's broken...... and heal it when it's sick.

This is true. for marriage..... and old cars.... and children with bad report cards..... and dogs with bad hips.... and aging parents..... and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special..... and so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way.. Now it's your turn to send this to those people that are "keepers" in your life.

Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close!

And so it came to past that at 10 agosto, 2005 02:02, in the presence of The Eddie G., Blogger pure had spoken the following...

check it out this guy has the rules of behaviour for Captain Procrastinator.

And so it came to past that at 10 agosto, 2005 10:46, in the presence of The Eddie G., Anonymous Anonimo had spoken the following...

i love you sexy...

And so it came to past that at 10 agosto, 2005 17:35, in the presence of The Eddie G., Blogger Eddie G. had spoken the following...

Terence: Inspiring stuff, dude. That's the kinda chain letters i'm talking about... although it would be nicer if it had some um.. how shall we put this... violence perhaps?

Weng: I think i saw that somewhere before... it was if memory serves

Anonymous: I appreciate your blatant honesty. However, your name would be nice, for I'm not a huge fan of anonymity, regardless of the things being said. :)

And so it came to past that at 14 agosto, 2005 11:00, in the presence of The Eddie G., Blogger leanne had spoken the following...

i was told if i posted something here, i'd get a cheque for US$1million. *grin

keep your chin up dudes! grey clouds are only temporary and we all have to walk under them sometimes. x


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