Soap Operas, Harlequin Romances, Reality TV, Role Playing (if I understand the concept), creating your own drama to entertain others, and now reading about other peoples lives on LJ. Recently I stumbled across something on LJ (yes, during a random search, dammit!) that immediately grabbed my attention when I discovered a bit of “drama”(?) unfolding over time in one LJer’s life. Unlike many journals I read, this one has a definite progression. Aspects of their life changed(is changing) over time. Choices were made with resulting consequences. Of course I “backed” into the story due to the reverse nature of how LJ is formatted. (most recent post first)After reading all the way to the beginning then forward again, it left me shaking my head in disbelief and at the same time wondering what will happen next. Part of me wants to be judgmental about this person and their choices in life. But on the other hand I feel offering any cautionary comments (too late in some cases) would be out of place coming from an absolute stranger. (our lives, other than living on the same planet, have little or nothing in common)
I do not watch anything classified as “reality TV” nor am I naive enough to think that everything I read in LJ is the absolute truth. So here is my question- is there some sort of LJ etiquette that advises against directing others to read a given journal in this fashion? What about editing (removing names/places/etc) and reposting their “story” in your own LJ? Maybe under a “friends only” filter?