29 January 2007

Re: No Subject

No subject is the subject of this post. Or in other words, the subject is "no subject." This is in reference to the vast percentage (though meager quantities) of messages I receive from friends on facebook and myspace with said title.

The subject line is a relic from the days of memos. You never went through the trouble of writing a memo without a subject in mind. Nowadays, in the age of e-mail, text messaging and pretty much just all around constant messaging, sending a message is no trouble at all. So if you just have a short thing or half a thing to say, do you really want to spend the time to think of a witty title?

No, you don't. And you also don't want to write some cheesy ("hey man!") or borderline sketchy ("just thinking of you...") title that sends the wrong message. So you type out a couple cheap lines and hit send. And on the other end the recipient gets that wonderful line

No Subject

The best is when you reply back and forth to this and it becomes

RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: No Subject

About this time you stop hitting reply and craft a new message with -- you guessed it -- no subject.

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