Hot take: pretentiousness has an up-or-out trajectory. In young adulthood you either learn to stop taking yourself so seriously or become committed to being an unbearable ass.

@riga Cold take: pretentiousness is an auto-immune disorder, caused by overactive defenses against low prestige memes.

@machado @riga Lukewarm take: you need a healthy amount of pretentiousness to survive in most adult social groups.

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@Elmkast @riga That would be a properly calibrated immune system in the analogy.

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