Aug 25, 2013
From time to time, we are glad to welcome guest author’s and expert’s articles and opinions here on Yucalandia. In this tradition, we welcome these observations, originally offered by Richard C. over on a popular Mexican expat web-board:
“I have been surprised by levels of petty stuff that has been popping-up on expat forums, since the INM changes and PRs with imported car hassles arrived a year ago. The gunk has been cropping up faster than weeds in a well watered garden. Groups of select people seem to be jockeying for some imagined positions. It seems like petty jealousies and people’s personal crap are erupting so regularly, that they are becoming dominant themes on web-boards in Mexico, stuff that has not been on my radar for decades… Without actively thinking about it, I suspect I have previously, subconsciously, imagined that most people on expat forums had matured beyond this stuff.
Over the past year, (since the INM changes and imported car hassles?), it seems like a lot of people have been reverting to old “High School” mentalities, replete with teen-angst over getting everybody else to conform. Groups of retirees, putting a lot of personal energy into “who’s-really-popular” (this week), “who’s-friends-with-whom“, “who’s pissed-with-whom“, “who’s teacher’s-pet” (moderators-pet?), “who is teacher upset with” , “who is liked by everyone ” , “who are the out-casts” , “who are the cool kids” , “who are The Losers”
Other people seem to still be all about “who are people in your clique ?”
Others are all about zinging or bringing down whoever has dared to stick their heads up to simply see above the rest of the crowd?
Even the moderators on some boards are jockeying for position.
Have people been slipping by into their old High School mentalities, putting on their Letterman’s jackets or Cheerleader outfits, flexing, posing, and strutting, ?
Did someone accidentally flip the channel to “Happy Days” ?
or have I just lost my mind?
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