Meanness


There is a lot of meanness around lately. Everyone seems to have a short fuse, eager to jump to conclusions, twist words, insulting each other and talk before they think. WTH? Most of the evidence I've seen is on the internet where people seem actually anxious to misconstrue words as an insult. I am afraid to post anything on certain blogs, certain that I'll end up being a target as so many have been this weekend.

The news is an angry place, the internet is an angry place. Who needs it? I unfollowed a bunch of people this weekend. Who needs that aggravation?

My happy place is the Facebook page for my elementary school. And I have fun mail to look forward to this week--Vistaprint stuff with my new cover, and a new NaNo shirt.


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5 comments:

MicheleKS said...

I think some people seem to think that manners don't apply on the Internet. They do. Any communication you have reflects on you as a person and how people perceive you. I've always wondered what these mean Internet people are like in person: are they mean in real-life or do they adopt a mean Internet persona because they can?

And I love today's LOL kitty: I keep telling my Jake this but he doesn't believe me.

Marianne Arkins said...

I agree -- It was suggested I go look at a post on a very popular site about piracy, and it had denigrated into name-calling and general nastiness.

Why?

Actually, it's why I unfollowed them a long time ago. I shouldn't have gone back.

I think plenty of snark, lol, but I don't post. And, you never know what you'll get attacked for, so I tend to keep myself under the radar as much as possible. I don't need that crap.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

I just don't understand all the vitriol that has seemingly taken over some online sites and the news channels. The latter really bothers me since I've worked many years as a journalist. I just shake my head and wonder if many of the "journalists" ever even heard of journalism school or if they got a degree in hate and ranting instead.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I think the internet gives us more opportunity to be rude, and there are people, of course, who will be rude when they're "invisible" but wouldn't be in person, but most of my angry time is inspired by rude people out in the real world. It's harder to avoid out there, too, at least the ancillary kind. :(

Mary Beth said...

HUGS!
Since my mother board's out, I've been offline for a little over a month. I'm borrowing DH's computer tonight.
I can't believe how stress free life has been without the constant updates and snarkiness.

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