Does it irritate anyone else when folks "broadcast" their state, race, job, etc?
You know that thing certain folks do online in which they'll attempt to spell out their accent, make excessive use of regional slang, or make tons of references to their race or job in pretty much everything they post?
For example, I just came from another forum where everyone was having a discussion, then this guy posts who is just broadcasting his job as a truck driver so hard, making constant use of trucker slang, references to routes he took, and driving. I couldn't make heads or tails of what he was trying to say and had to resist the urge to quote his post and ask him; "Hey buddy, what do you do for a living? I can't quite put my finger on it. Wait, you're a helicopter pilot, right?"
I run into that sort of thing a lot online, and it never ceases to leave me exasperated. It's like, why can't you just write normally? Why must everyone at all times be acutely aware of your state/city of residence, your racial ancestry, what you do for a living, etc?
It's always some sort of stereotype too, some cliched image they're trying to push, because obviously you'll never see someone doing this sort of thing if they live in Seattle, are of Laotian descent, and work as a system analyst. Or live in Los Angeles, are of Turkish descent, and work as a dental assistant. Or live in the suburbs of Wisconsin, are of mixed descent, and work as a divorce lawyer. You'll never see a meter maid online doing everything in their power to convey that they check parking meters and hand out parking tickets for a living.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being proud of where you live, where you came from, and what you do for a living. In fact, that's a healthy way to be, but when you've made it such a huge part of your persona that you've practically become a Muppet, that's just sad. Be an individual, a person, not a walking stereotype.
It's probably just me, but it drives me nuts sometimes, especially when I can't even decipher whatever it is they're trying to say.