The DMC is dead: It’s all about the DMQ
The world is changing, and its changing fast. In an age where conversation is dead, and attention spans are at an all time low, ain’t nobody got time for a lengthy deep and meaningful exploration of thought.
However, we are a troubled generation, and there is no doubt that we need a certain amount of clichéd emotion in order to properly function.
How to strike the balance therefore, between these two apparently contradictory requirements? The answer is the DMQ: The deep, meaningful quote.
Casual observation indicates that it’s already hugely popular. Confined to a mere 140 characters, Twitter is rife with DMQers attempting to share their daily activities and musings with the general population, and I struggle to scroll through my Facebook newsfeed without happening upon an emotional Humans of New York/Student’s of Cambridge quote.
Why await response and contestation of whatever deep and meaningful proclamation you have to make? Encapsulating emotionally profound thoughts into a snappy sentence is far more effective.
Additionally, it lessens the likelihood of someone challenging your deep, meaningful musings – as a) the profound and touching way with which your thoughts have been condensed into a sentence leaves less room for criticism and b) only a dick would argue with a quote. It’s a quote. It has a certain sense of assurance.
Cambridge is difficult to describe. In fact I’d go as far as saying is impossible to describe, impossible to coherently articulate. And the problem is that it’s filled with people who are here, because they are the kind of people who want to coherently articulate stuff.
We want to get to grips with the world – and sometimes you just can’t wrap your head around how its been 11 years since Mean Girls came out because omg it just feels like yesterday and wow time just goes so fast before we know it we’ll be 90 and on our death beds, regretting every appalling choice we made in our unfulfilling and baseless existences that once seemed so expansive and full of promise. By way of example.
And sometimes, sitting at 3am with Nutella and toast in a student kitchen and bouncing back and forth ideas about life, death and the cosmos just won’t do.
Sometimes you need a cheeky DMQ to hit that metaphorical nail on its metaphorical head, and I don’t think it would be fair if I didn’t leave you with a few to get you started.
So I’ve trawled though the cavernous depths of google, Jaden Smith’s twitter account (RIP), and the students of Cambridge Facebook page to provide you with these:
“We know what were are, but know not what we may be” – William Shakespeare
“I lost my phone in Cindies while dressed as a Grannie” – Oliver Pickard via Students of Cambridge
“Most trees are blue” – Jaden Smith
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind” – Ghandi
“You a stupid Hoe” – Nicki Minaj
“I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally” – W.C Feilds
“Sometimes Tab articles contain the most pointless and random shit” – Dalai Lama (slightly modified)