I don’t care about the love, I just want to know where the sanity’s at
Maybe it was my absence from the intertubes or my current state of mind, but it seems to me that all of a sudden, everybody’s… angrier somehow. We’re angry on our blogs. We’re angry on your blog. We’re angry on Twitter, on Facebook, on message boards. Even those who have foursquare are angrily checking in, “At shitty dive bar with 13 other douchenozzles,” and the responses from those who hate foursquare are more murderous than before.
The arguing over Chara-Pacioretty was bad enough without the Bruins fans sending Pacioretty unrepeatable comments on Twitter, or photoshops of Chara floating around, or a very badly timed, poorly thought-out t-shirt, or protests that nobody showed up to, or Bruce Boudreau talking with his mouth full, or, upon the news that Pacioretty might be able to return in 4-6 weeks, comments from Bruins fans saying he was faking the whole time, or comments from Habs fans that that’s too soon, or comments from people reminding said commenters that they are not doctors…
Sens fans and Leafs fans manage to argue without any photopshops of decapitated defensemen or death wishes floating around. Except for those of and on Brett Lebda and Mike Komisarek, but I’m pretty sure those are by the fans of their own team. Enraged fans of their own team. I guess their fuses are short, too.
When we’re not fighting about hockey, we’re fighting about how much someone does or doesn’t care about the earthquake in Japan or the people in Libya, and the appropriate way to show one’s concern for the people affected. People can be concerned about Japan, and even donate to help the people affected, without once mentioning it on the internet and having it turn into an argument.
I feel like we used to be able to argue without sputtering vitriol everywhere, but I’m not really sure anymore. Is this what disconnecting does? Re-sensitise you to just how enraged everybody is over everything? Or are we just getting progressively more pissed about things? What happened to stupid internet memes that are sometimes marginally funny when they first start? Can we go back to those?
I’m not exactly objective right now, but all the yelling was starting to get to me a little bit.
Until I saw this tweet, Bitter Leaf Fan:
Ran into my kids, daughter asked for a favour. Now walking home solo with her large, ornate, Chinese-style purse. Glad to be on backstreets.—
Michael Forbes (@mforbes37) March 16, 2011
That tweet pretty much made my
day week. That’s what it’s all about. Your kids. Your parents. Your significant other who’s probably infuriating you right at this moment but would do anything to make you happy. Maybe it’s your brothers and sisters. Habs fans embarrassing other Habs fans don’t matter. Bruins fans don’t matter. Fighting about whether or not someone cares enough about the people in Japan and Libya helps nobody. Constant outrage is exhausting, and there will always be something to be angry about. Maybe we should all put down the internet, go hug whoever matters, and come back later to discuss things without yelling, screaming, and bitterness.
I really wish my family were here instead of a 15-hour plane ride away.