Earlier today I asked why the heck a WordPress achievement button was made for the odd number of 1337 – here’s the responses I got:
“congratulations on the 1337 likes! thanks wordpress, for such random info! just for fun i did a google search and ‘internet slang’ defines 1337 as ‘elite’. it’s official, tamra jo – you’re a wordpress elite!! : ) aleya”
“Congrats, you elitist! “
I have stories about elitists and none of them are good – – so, I decided to re-check the actual definitions of elitism and elitists, which are:
e·lit·ism or é·lit·ism
- The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
- The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.
Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.
- Someone who believes in rule by an elite group.
See why I’m struggling with this?
Elitism is 180 degrees south of how I feel about the world – Even though I believe this to be a tongue-in-cheek way of saying, “Hey! Way to go! Lots of people here dig what you write” – I still cringe at the term Elite.
I have no issues with self-esteem, confidence or satisfaction in my abilities and projects. I’m glad that what I write is informative or entertaining to others….
I just really, really don’t want to be an Elitist – – so, anyone know the next award level? Cuz I gotta hurry up and get there before this label turns me into an arrogant jackarse of a snob…