Monday, November 30, 2009

I Don't Participate In Cyber Mondays

Cyber Monday makes me laugh.

Why? Because I have a sense of humor more similar to that of my 14-year-old brother than what one would expect of a college professor.

The phrase "Cyber Monday" is funny to me for several reasons. First, "cyber" is such a dated term. It makes me think of the late 90s, when everything was e-this or e-that. Hearing the word makes me want to break out Backstreet Boys music.

The datedness factor leads me to the second reason "cyber" makes me giggle. As you may or may not know, textbooks are not written by the audience to whom they are addressed. No, they are generally penned by old academics who are trying desperately to make their content seem relevant. Which is awesome... most of the time.

This time it's just awesomely funny.

One of the textbooks I use explains to students that sometimes, when grown-ups love each other very much and are very far away from one another, they use the internet to "cyber." Yep, that's the word they chose. So when I see that Twitter is alive with Cyber Monday references, I can't help but imagine an online orgy.

Thanks, old academic textbook-writers. You gave me a priceless image that simultaneously makes me shudder and laugh.


Christi said...

LOL! You're so funny. Now I can't get the image out of my mind..... twitter "cyber" orgy! Argh!

Anonymous said...

hmm..I think of risky sexual practices when I think of orgy which I guess means that texting multiple people would be a cyber three-some. And skype could be considered oral...yeah..well, time to go back to my cyber life.

Sara said...


If I had been in that class, I would've had to excuse myself, for fear of soiling myself.

Ashley said...

Ha ha, I hope there aren't any pictures on that page of the book.

:: Gina :: said...

stop cyber-ing


ps. my word verification to post this comment is "Noodies"

Iva said...

LOL! omg that is so funny! LOL

Christina said...

When someone mentioned 'Cyber Monday' in a Pennsylvania chatroom over the weekend - I too thought of the 'sleezy world of cybering' & yes I aso subcumed to it - but as everything else that too became 'old' really fast!!

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

OMG, that is hilarious!! I am totally gonna try to go cyber my husband right now. ;)

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