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Cuddles and cookies and Pollyanna

December 27, 2012

I’m probably opening myself up to a world of ridicule for this post but I’m starting to get really sick of being an internet person thingy. Part of it is because I’ve been spending too much time on the internet lately, but the other part is, for whatever reason-the lockout, narcissism, boredom, whatever-people have turned into the biggest jerks.

I don’t know if there ever was a time when we simply ignored things we thought were stupid, but I feel like there was and I miss it. I don’t know if there ever was a time when we disagreed with each other without bullying each other, but I feel like there was and I miss it. I don’t know if there was ever a time when you could do something that was poorly-thought-out or even not very smart and not have internet torches and pitchforks descend on you and pile on you relentlessly for days, but I feel like there was and I miss it.

I feel like people say and do dumb things all the time, without intentionally hurting anyone or being racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted. I mean, if someone is hurtful or a bigot they deserve to get called out on it. But if someone has a momentary lapse in judgement and says something dumb, I don’t see how being a dick to them all day is going to make them anything other than defensive.

I miss “I disagree with you and I’m going to respectfully tell you why without implying you’re the stupidest human being on earth.”

Did we ever have that? I don’t know.

I miss “I don’t like what you write so I’m just never going to bother reading your work again and I’ll just leave you alone and forget you exist, wish you the best, smooches.”

Did we ever have that? I don’t know.

I feel like all we do now is actively try to make people feel bad. And I wish it would stop. And maybe it’s Internet Pollyanna of me to think it ever could, but really, can we please stop being such massive douchebags to each other over the stupidest shit?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2012 10:22 pm

    That’s why I peaced out.

  2. December 28, 2012 7:59 am

    Well said. Unfortunately, it appears that vitriol is what powers the internet.

  3. Darnell Presswood permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:59 am

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