Newsflash- The Internet is a pretty ginormous social platform that’s not by-invitation-only.
It is not YOUR personal living room where you can screen and confine visitors to your very own social clones -bearing similar beliefs, ideas and values.
Like it or not, there are infinite perspectives on just about everything. It’s called diversity and it runs rampant in our world.
I find it extremely pompous when people make an extended effort to comment on content they stumbled upon while browsing a public platform, because they deemed it to be personally offensive and I’m not talking about news sites and current events. The latter two are known mine fields of volatile opinion.
Sure, everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but if the writing in question happens to appear on, for example, a humor-based, variety or entertainment page, it should be perceived as exactly that. It’s highly doubtful the author intentionally penned something funny in an effort to incite a religious or political debate.
It’s like stopping at the butcher shop to debate vegetarianism.
You’re unwelcome. Keep scrolling.
I cannot imagine mustering up and expending any amount of negative energy debating something that was not personally addressed to me.
Sure, many people are passionate about a certain causes and I am not referring to them. I am referring to the busy-body web commenters who creep the Internet looking for something to get defensive about.
Trouble seeking trolls with an agenda… highjacking public posts.
Perhaps it creates an avenue by which despondant Internet dwellers are able to project deep seeded personal unhappiness or insecurities onto random strangers-that-weren’t-addressing-them-in-the-first-place. A means of letting the negative energy out of their mood balloon before it spontaneously combusts. In that particular sense it can be an effective coping mechanism, although dragging the public into your own personal misery bubble is just plain wrong.
In the big scheme of things one person’s opposition rarely has any changing effect on the author or target readers. The end product is simply the unnecessary polluting of public air space with negative energy.
The Internet’s a ginormous place and while it’s true that any sites readership is likely composed of a diverse group of people, in the end it’s the publisher who has the final decision whether or not to run an article – usually based on its anticipated appeal to the majority of it’s audience. Publishers aim to retain readers. Oftentimes web pages also touch on controversial topics in an effort to engage readers in healthy objective debate. I assure you, sponsored sites are not deliberately trying to offend you.
Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity for you to practice an exercise in personal open-mindedness.
Not everything on the Internet is intended to appeal to everyone.
When skimming an article I deem ridiculous or over-the-top, I usually let out an amused chuckle or belly laugh, do an exaggerated eye roll, and immediately close it. Adio’s dumbasses!
I choose to remain sarcastically entertained, which is immensely healthier than morphing into a vicious Internet troll bearing-fangs-and-claws and looking for a bar fight.
The biggest most explosive mine field on the web can be found in the comments of any mainstream discussion on politics, religion and race, as these subjects tend to attract the most narrow-minded loud-mouth extremists on the planet.
Fact. This group of people almost always has a personal agenda.
However… life is all about compromise.
Most things are not inherently black or white, but fall somewhere within the spectrum of fifty-kazillion shades of grey. Anyone solidly planted at either pole is at risk for becoming a close-minded extremist.
Although, every case has exceptions. Remember, we’re practicing open-mindedness.
Much wisdom can be gained in simply pondering other people’s opinions.
Think about it… even if you disagree. An open mind is an ever-expansive mind.
Only close-minded jackasses are quick to comment, because they’ve inadvertently snapped their minds shut, much like a heavy steel trap. They choose to remain self-justified and righteous even when there’s the slightest possibility that they may be wrong.
The wise grasshopper ponders EVERYTHING… which is exactly how he got to be the wise grasshopper in the first place.
Take a moment to think before you comment.
PS – This is not my first Troll Rodeo. I’ve had a lot to say about Trolls in the past.
12 thoughts on “Dummies Guide to Web Commenting”
Gina I see very few trolls but now I just shit can them or I edit there comments to say how awesome I am and How shitty they are. You can do that you know.
Lol, Tom… who knew you could edit comments? Live and learn!!
They get SOOOOO PISSED. Because then you comment back and say they should not be so hard on them selves. ROCK AND ROLL those sons of bitches
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You crack me up, sir!!!!
You tell them!! Although the puffed up, self important aholes are not likely to understand your point. They are too busy looking for demonic passages to bitch about so they can look important and smart.
Right on, Michelle. I honestly believe that trolling the web is somehow therapeutic for certain people. Everyone needs an outlet, but… they would be better served protesting a worthy cause.
I think some people have nothing better to do! Or it’s an obsessive compulsive disorder called “I can’t shut up”! Great post!
Thank you, Lisa. Every once in awhile I get fed up and feel compelled to speak out. Blogs seem to be a prime target.
I honestly feel badly for people who are that intense level of miserable! Sad.
When is the last time I ever thought before I commented?
You’re definitely an exception in the most wonderful way! Friends- have you checked out bensbitterblog?? GOOD stuff. Friday’s are my fave.
Every now and then you have to remind people about this stuff.
So true! Certainly, you have to choose which sites you browse, but overall web interaction has become something of a free-for-all.