What does circle jerk mean?

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"Circle Jerk" is a pejorative slang term referring to lớn a positive sầu feedbachồng loop which occurs when an idea, belief or meme that is already customary within an online community becomes re-iterated & rewarded in a perpetual cycle, giving rise to lớn redundancy, clichés và karma whoring. This phenomenon is typically observed in communities consisting of self-contained forums devoted khổng lồ specific interests, beliefs or subcultures.

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The term "circle jerk" was initially used to describe a sexual practice in which a group of men masturbate themselves or each other while sitting in a circle. The earliest known use of the term dates back khổng lồ 1979, when the Los Angeles punk bvà the Bedwetters renamed their band khổng lồ the Circle Jerks after one of the bvà members found it in a dictionary of English slang words. While there are digital footprints of its usage on Usenet newsgroups<15> in the 1980s & 1990s, "circle jerk" largely remained an offline slang term.<16>

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Then on January 22nd, 1999, Online Slang Dictionary<4> user Audrey M. submitted an entry for "circle jerk," alternatively defining the term as "a pointless group endeavor." On February 12th, 2001, the book Studs, Tools, & the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By<2> by Peter Francis Murphy was released, defining "circlejerk" as "a boring or time-wasting meeting or other sự kiện." On May 17th, 2003, Urban Dictionary<7> user "anti-racist" submitted an entry for the term "circlejerk," which defined the term as both a group sex act and an eđến chamber-style discussion.

"To kneel in a circle with others và pleasure oneself. Also refers to lớn a pompous, self-congratulatory discussion where little to lớn no progress is made."

Related: Emang đến Chamber Effect

The emang đến chamber effect<10> refers lớn a phenomenon that occurs when people are isolated in social circles that confirm personal biases, beliefs và ideologies. Online, the phenomenon became amplified after transitioning from BBS sites to lớn social networking communities in the late 2000s, where users & algorithms could curate what feeds they followed based on their own interests and biases. The effect has often been criticized for allowing false information khổng lồ spread without being challenged & creating barriers in communication between those who tóm tắt differing opinions.

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On July 16th, 2005, The Constructive sầu Curmudgeon<11> blog posted a Reviews of the film What the Bleep Do We Know?, khổng lồ which commenter Phil Aldrige referred to lớn the film as a "new age circlejerk." On October 10th, Straight Dope Forums<9> member Zebra posted a thread asking other members lớn define the term "circle jerk," lớn which member THespos responded that it was often used in his office khổng lồ describe time-wasting meetings. On January 3rd, 2006, an entry titled "The LiveJournal Circle Jerk" was created on the Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica,<14> described as "an elitist group of inept trolls who go about LiveJournal, fellating one another"s egos at every turn." On July 18th, 2007, YouTuber chris3ff uploaded a đoạn Clip referring lớn YouTube celebrity collaboration videos as a "circle jerk" (shown below).

Usage on Reddit

The term "circle jerk" is prominently used on topic-based & tight-knit communities lượt thích Reddit & 4chan, where discussions can quickly easily saturated with inside jokes or references that are inaccessible to lớn newcomers or casual visitors.

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On December 10th, 2008, the /r/circlejerk<6> subreddit was created to cốt truyện cliched catchphrases, memes và beliefs that are considered lớn be pervasive aý muốn the Reddit community, such as praising the American politician Ron Paul và use of the terms "so brave", "up votes khổng lồ the left" and "literally Hitler." Since then, several other circlejerk subreddits have sầu been created, including /r/fitnesscirclejerk, /r/engineeringcirclejerk and /r/liberalcirclejerk. On August 6th, 2012, Redditor tikatwit submitted the question "What is /r/circlejerk" to the /r/ExplainItLikeImFive<3> subreddit, khổng lồ which Redditor -Sam-R responded that it was a subreddit for satirizing common posts & beliefs found on social news aggregating site. On January 1st, 2013, Redditor Khiva submitted an "Anatomy of a circlejerk" to the /r/circlebroke<5> subreddit, which pointed out several notable quirks about the Reddit "hivemind." As of January 2013, SubRedditFinder<8> has over 65 subreddits tagged with the label "circlejerk" và a Facebook<13> page titled "Reddit Circlejerk" has received over 3,100 likes.


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