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24th May '16 1:30:29 PM emeriin
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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a tendency to choose really sappy music for {{rousing speech}}es delivered to straw villains. He's even mocked this a few times, like in ''We Wish You A Turtles Christmas'' where he's spewing about Christmas but Tamara is getting gored by zombie Malcolm behind him.
3rd May '16 12:41:27 PM BlackBaroness
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* [=TheGamersCave=]'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UURtVfJIvRE I am a Gamer]]," which is supposed to be a celebration of the gamer identity. It begins innocently enough, talking about how video games allow players to experience a reality other than their own, but then it goes all downhill when he shuns RealLife altogether and talks about how video games are so much superior. In doing so, he reinforces the common gamer stereotype of being introverts that seek out [[PerverseSexualLust imaginary relationships]] over real ones. The uplifting techno music in the background only adds to [=TheGamersCave=]'s preachiness. This well-meaning video made him a source of mockery (even more so [[FanworkBan when he tried to get a parody taken down]]).

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* [=TheGamersCave=]'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UURtVfJIvRE com/watch?v=z1Ch6N8QT00 I am a Gamer]]," which is supposed to be a celebration of the gamer identity. It begins innocently enough, talking about how video games allow players to experience a reality other than their own, but then it goes all downhill when he shuns RealLife altogether and talks about how video games are so much superior. In doing so, he reinforces the common gamer stereotype of being introverts that seek out [[PerverseSexualLust imaginary relationships]] over real ones. The uplifting techno music in the background only adds to [=TheGamersCave=]'s preachiness. This well-meaning video made him a source of mockery (even more so [[FanworkBan when he tried to get a parody taken down]]).
25th Apr '16 6:49:52 PM NESBoy
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* Another in-universe example can be seen on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Bart becomes a co-anchor in Lisa's news show, and taking the advice of Kent Brockman, does a series of human interest stories of this nature, including one of a duck feeder who is upset that ducks stopped visiting him (even though there's another pond filled with ducks nearby).


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* The ''[=BuzzFeed=]'' article [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/signs-youre-the-lisa-simpson-of-your-family 29 Signs You're The Lisa Simpson Of Your Family]] consist of images of, well... [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]], accompanied by text obtensibly comparing the reader to her. Some of these images are taken out of context. Especially the final point, "You started from the bottom now you're here. ''[sic]''" This is accompanied by an image of Lisa in a pool surrounded by other kids. What actually happened here is that the kids were exploiting Lisa, faking her popularity so they can swim in the pool itself.
26th Mar '16 2:38:48 PM Silverblade2
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* A certain critic wrote a rather scathing review of Alice Sebold's ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' that essentially accuses the book of being this. Check it out [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/aug/11/fiction.features2 here]].
20th Mar '16 5:17:33 AM lledsmar
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If that weren't enough, a surprising number of comics depict someone leaving behind a stereotypical monotonous drone job in favor of pursuing their passion, as if to say that DoingItForTheArt is the only way to do anything in life, completely ignoring things such as making ends meet, and painting anyone who expresses financial concern as a lost soul who sees only in monetary success. There's even one comic about [[http://zenpencils.com/comic/122-charles-bukowski-roll-the-dice/ a man who devotes as much of his life, money, and sanity as can to]] ''Series/GameOfThrones'' beyond the point of obsession. His wife begs him to come to his senses and return to reality, but she (and the rest of the world) is apparently meant to be a sad fool who can't understand her husband's passion.\\

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If that weren't enough, a surprising number of comics depict someone leaving behind a stereotypical monotonous drone job in favor of pursuing their passion, as if to say that DoingItForTheArt is the only way to do anything in life, completely ignoring things such as making ends meet, and painting anyone who expresses financial concern as a lost soul who sees only in monetary success. There's even one comic about [[http://zenpencils.com/comic/122-charles-bukowski-roll-the-dice/ a man who devotes as much of his life, money, and sanity as can to]] ''Series/GameOfThrones'' beyond the point of obsession. His wife begs him to come to his senses and return to reality, but she (and the rest of the world) is apparently meant to be a sad fool who can't understand her husband's passion.passion (AKA Binge Watching).\\
18th Mar '16 5:43:50 AM lledsmar
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* GreenAesop: Who is responsible for all pollution in the world (and also for saving nature)? HUMANS!
18th Mar '16 5:40:32 AM lledsmar
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* The Self Esteem Movement that permeated much of academia in the 70s, 80s, and 90s could be categorized as an example of real-life Glurge, broadly defined. The theory was that all children naturally want to be good students, well-behaved, etc, but must be taught self-esteem to live up to this. Bad behavior, bad grades, bad sexual choices among adolescents, bullying, etc, were all supposedly symptoms of low self-esteem. It's generally considered that such a view mixes correlation and causality: that it is just as unhealthy for a students with skills and achievements to put themselves down as it is to artificially build up the self-image of those who have achieved nothing. If you're looking for people with healthy, but realistic self-images, rightly satisfied with their positive qualities, recognizing faults in ways that allows for future improvement, you're probably not going to find them attending high school... or in Glurge for that matter.

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* The Self Esteem Movement that permeated much of academia in the 70s, 80s, and 90s could be categorized as an example of real-life Glurge, broadly defined. The theory was that all children naturally want to be good students, well-behaved, etc, but must be taught self-esteem to live up to this. Bad behavior, bad grades, bad sexual choices among adolescents, bullying, etc, were all supposedly symptoms of low self-esteem. It's generally considered that such a view mixes correlation and causality: that it is just as unhealthy for a students with skills and achievements to put themselves down as it is to artificially build up the self-image of those who have achieved nothing. If you're looking for people with healthy, but realistic self-images, rightly satisfied with their positive qualities, recognizing faults in ways that allows for future improvement, you're probably not going to find them attending high school... or in Glurge for that matter.[[https://m.youtube.com/watchv=EuG4MdRK97w&persist_app=1&app=m]] An analysis of Nightcrawler by Leon Thomas uses this example.
11th Mar '16 10:02:14 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* There's a popular story that pops up from time to time that Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, got the role because Creator/JKRowling promised it to her if she continued to seek treatment for anorexia. While certain elements of it are true (Lynch spent 2 years in and out of the hospital due to anorexia nervosa, and credits the ''Harry Potter'' books with helping her deal with the hospitalization, and, of course, she would go on to play Luna in the movies), Rowling had no role in Lynch's being cast, and while such rumors make Rowling look great, they carry with them the implication that Lynch did not actually earn the role that made her famous, but had it handed to her out of pity.

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* There's a popular story that pops up from time to time that Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, got the role because Creator/JKRowling promised it to her if she continued to seek treatment for anorexia. While certain elements of it are true (Lynch spent 2 years in and out of the hospital due to anorexia nervosa, and credits the ''Harry Potter'' books with helping her deal with the hospitalization, and, of course, she would go on to play Luna in the movies), Rowling had no role in Lynch's being cast, and while such rumors make Rowling look great, they carry with them the implication that Lynch did not actually earn the role that made her famous, but had it handed to her out of pity. Especially bad since the real story is pretty damn inspirational as it is; check out her entry on PromotedFanboy.
11th Mar '16 9:48:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a hilarious parody of glurgy chain e-mails called "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!" It involves a terminally-ill drell (desert-dwelling green-skinned humanoid) lying in the ocean, praying to [[{{Precursors}} the Enkindlers]], and being told that it wasn't the water but the Enkindlers who were keeping him afloat, then waking to find himself cured.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a hilarious parody of glurgy chain e-mails called "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!" It involves a terminally-ill drell (desert-dwelling green-skinned humanoid) lying in the ocean, praying to [[{{Precursors}} the Enkindlers]], and being told that it wasn't the water but the Enkindlers who were keeping him afloat, then waking to find himself cured. Bonus points for making ''no sense'' in the context of the Enkindler religion, which is essentially deist.
28th Feb '16 9:27:56 AM godzillavkk
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It should however be noted that using any one of these tropes will not necessarily lead to glurge, after all TropesAreNotBad.
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