This post was a long time coming and in fact has been sitting in my “Drafts” folder since June but it’s arrival was sped up considerably over the past few weeks when I ventured into one too many (?) articles posted on social media.
The articles came from far and wide and broached topics from the mundane to the insipid, from the ridiculous to the sublime. While I prefer my social media article intake to educate or inform me…sometimes I do like to be entertained as well. However, what passes for entertainment for some, is not always everyone’s cup of tea.
I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve begun to get in the habit of going straight to the comment section of some articles after reading the headline. I then play a guessing game with myself and try to ascertain what it was that was actually stated in the article by the type of replies posted. I do this with frivolous topics though. I read the full article for news reports and the like.
I’ve been appalled, inspired, entertained but mostly gob-smacked by the things some people post under the guise of “opinion” or “free speech” on the internet!
I guess for some the ability to be (relatively) anonymous behind an avatar or computer screen gives them extra steel in their spine to say horrible and negative things to people they’ve never met or know anything about. There are even people who create fake profiles to troll or to put forward views they are uncomfortable being identified with in their real persona.
These keyboard commandos and sniper trolls generally contribute zero percent to constructive debate on social media. It rather seems that they strive to create mayhem and divert attention from the topic at hand. However, it appears their primary purpose is to make statements which incite anger, rage and disgust.
Social media and the internet can be great tools for positive things and likewise can really be a nightmare to navigate with your sanity in tact!
There is so much more to say on this topic…so I’ll leave that for part two. 😉
Have you come across any trolls or witnessed any commandos in action? LOL!
Holla back! ❤ CN