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August 08, 2003

Chaotic good elf mage-bard

I don't know about the bard part (via ***Dave).

Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

And then... That quiz link seems to be having indigestion. Here is another one. And another. And another. And another. ***Dave's is best if it gets up and running again. Also, mental note: include lecture about on-line quiz-writing in Digital Media and Culture Course assuming I can figure out who writes these things.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 8, 2003 04:33 AM


***Dave's is best if it gets up and running again.

A comment I've heard more than once.

Posted by: *** Dave at August 11, 2003 11:31 AM

If by "these things," you mean the "You are a KUMQUAT" style personality quizzes ... well, the answer is, for the most part, idiots. I mean, look at the list of quizzes in places like Quizilla. The majority of topics is goofy. Most of the actual quiz writing is riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Half of the quizzes telegraph the associations (a big no-no), while the other half seem to grab correlations out of their hats.

Of course, some of them are finely crafted investigations that reveal true associations between personality and popular media figures. Ahem.

In a broad sense, I suspect the people who write these quizzes are serious fanboys of the given subject matter, and want to show it off. Sturgeon's Law, as in all things, applies.

Posted by: *** Dave at August 11, 2003 11:41 AM