Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I walked a crooked mile, I saw a crooked stile


I am increasingly becoming disgusted with people on the internet. Seriously.

I think anonymity is getting the better of society at large. Sadly it is a global phenomenon.

For instance I love reading DIY type blogs and sites for ideas. I get an email from Better Homes and Gardens regularly with articles showing how to update furniture, ideas for decorating with flea market finds and full on room remodels with before and after pictures. It used to be that a site like that only attracted people interested in the ideas with very little criticism. I know criticism can be good. But now, people are complaining about the colors chosen for a room or that the remodel was too expensive or that not enough was done and I'm telling you, they are being vitriolic about it. On a DIY 'idea' site! Come on peoples, haven't you got better things to do than pretentiously pick on articles written to inspire? If you're such an expert, link up your own site with articles that you've written and well taken photographs with your advice. If you can even do that, see how long it takes before some arrogant troll starts belittling you and your articles.

TED. I love the TED talks. I don't always agree with them, but I understand they are for inspiration. Helping us all to think about things in new light and try to change the world or maybe just our own communities for the better. You should see the comments there! People just raving about how wrong someone is and how stupid they are. Jeez. I'd like to see these commenters get themselves invited to TED! Come on, show us what you got. How are you going to change the world?

Why. Why can't we join in the spirit of inspiration instead of consistently practicing the destruction of creativity or thought? What is so appealing about tearing down and laughing at rubble instead of building up and looking for ways to do it even better the next time?

When I read this stuff, I feel that the population is getting dumber by choice. A great number of people would rather adopt a bullyish attitude than try to learn something new, admit they don't know something being said, or most often I think, just to do it.

I find it disgusting.

Rant done.


jaded said...

I've been thinking about this too. The abuse of anonymity is disturbing.

Trollish comments always remind me of Mark Twain's quote, "Its better to stay silent and look a fool, rather than speak and remove all doubt."

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with you. I have not been exposed to much of it, but that's a conscious choice to not take part in what seems to be a large part of popular culture today. So many bloggers found amusement in Cake Wrecks and Regretsy, and I understand that these are supposed to be professionals or people who are looking for money for their work, but still... Just don't buy it. It made me sorry I ever joyfully displayed a birthday cake I had made for my child online.

I'm not sure I agree that it has to do with anonymity. I think people are both brazen AND stupid. It's a dangerous cocktail.

meno said...

It takes less brains to be an asshole and make nasty comments than it does to be constructive or supportive. So lazy stupid people take the lazy stupid way out.

Then they can feel clever and better about their own sorry lives.

Gordo said...

It's a terrible phenomenon all over. I don't think it has so much to do with anonymity as much as it has to do with the net itself. Even when they're completely open and identified, people will say things online that they'd NEVER say out loud. Email, online forums, blog comments. I've heard of several sites simply shutting down their commenting system because of it.

Society as a whole needs a good wash with soap and disinfectant.

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slow panic said...

it is frustrating reading that people think it's ok to just say anything on-line. sometimes i think we see the truer side of people on-line -- both good and bad. plus we just get exposed to so many more people with the internet then we would if we didn't have this medium. i think we have to take the bad with the good. i wouldn't wan to not have this resource and my on-line friends, i try to just ignore the negative crazies.

Andrea Frazer said...

I cannot agree with you more. I simply. Cannot. Agree. More.

D-Man said...

It's much easier to criticize than be creative, unfortunately. And it's much easier to criticize anonymously, unfortunately.