Just for the record, here's your post:
There actually is a subclass of business cards called personal cards or some such euphemism. I wouldn't call it "pretension pain," simply an aversion to coming across as blatantly premeditated when I'm in fact trying to give a good appearance.
I try to put myself in a judge's shoes: How would I react if a 1L handed me a "personal card" after our lunch? Part of me thinks it's professional and efficient; the other part believes it's contrived, unnecessary and, yes, pretentious.
And, several posts later, after others have commented, here's my post:
The more people piss their pants about business cards, the harder I laugh.
It's very simple. A nice, plain card that makes it clear you're just a student looking to get your number out there is a great boon, as long as you have the common sense to hand it out in the right situations. You don't randomly pass it around -- you bring it out when asked for a number, or when receiving someone else's card at mixers/clear networking events.
But by all means, 0Ls/newly minted, one-week old 1Ls, keep bleating!
I sure as hell am not addressing you personally, unless you feel somehow aggrieved by "0Ls/newly minted, one-week old 1Ls". Note that the business card debate has been raging since early this year, and that there are a few other threads dedicated to this very subject.
Further, I still fail to see what "evidence" you would like provided regarding business cards (oh yeah, for Ender's
) that wouldn't amount to anecdotal evidence. Please, enlighten me.
Unless you're the ultimate arbiter of what anecdotal evidence is sufficient and what is not. That would make a lot of sense.
Finally, I'm amused by your paraphrase of the arguments. It's always fun reinterpreting yourself for others, eh?