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The final paragraph points out how childish it is to bemoan this, yet the whole rest of the article is doing just that. Also the way the quote has that little note explaining how it *doesn't belong on the page*... while keeping it there.
Fix that, maybe?
you could do a psychology paper on this if true.
Seems potentially related to the 4chan concept of "it sure is summer in here" when summer vacation allows more inexperienced kids to spend more time there..
Thing is, don't colleges usually have new people starting college every quarter, not just once a year?
I was just about to mention 4chan and summer.
Most colleges have semesters, so it would be one in September, one in December... and the number of students that start in December is a fraction of those that begin in September.
I thought it was 'Perpetual September'
I don't really understand what the Eternal September trope is. I mean, I sort of do, but not really. Can someone who does have a firm grasp rewrite the following paragraph to be more clear / less jargony?
"Eternal September, in a more tropish sense, can be used to refer to changes in social norms among any forum or medium of social networking caused by an influx of new users whose sheer weight of numbers allows them to flout the rules without suffering the ostracization that would normally encourage them to adapt to a social medium's social norms."
nice, thanks Nightsky :)
Gah. That reads likes a sociology text.
Thanks, now it's much less cluttered.
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