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  • #77127

    berdawn
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    I read the Dispatch on-line. I like local news. So when I read the story about the Crew I commented on how cool it was that my local team did this. THEN I read the other comments. and then comments on some of the other stories. Now I realize that I am a delicate fucking flower and all but, WTF is up with the other people in my city??? Am I the only one that is horrified at some of the shit people are writing? Anonymity may lead one to be perhaps be more free with social unacceptable opinions but fuck me, this was just a bit more than I thought was lurking behind the WORST of people in my area code. they can’t be “real”, right??? It’s really just a handful of bored, angry teens who are trolling for people to enrage. right?

    #286890

    TaraK
    Participant

    Could you provide a link? I want to know what you’re talking about.

    #286891

    berdawn
    Member

    TaraK wrote >>
    Could you provide a link? I want to know what you’re talking about.

    This is for the Crew story. God help me, but I responded to one of them.

    http://www.topix.net/forum/source/columbus-dispatch/TIA5LKQ6KO21PQOSB

    This is where I got grossed out:
    http://www.topix.net/forum/source/columbus-dispatch/TI9HHOM942CNJVGR9

    They link from different Dispatch stories to a central message area.

    edit:
    http://www.topix.net/forum/columbus/TPPKC5B1T6RAFIA7F

    http://www.topix.net/forum/columbus/T5FT3C3T7KH4D9175
    OK, I seriously don’t live near people who would write this…it must be satire.

    #286892
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    Looks like a whole mess of uneducated people caught between opposing idealogies.

    Welcome to 2009: Down-Home Flame War Schizophrenia.

    #286893

    TaraK
    Participant

    I learned from teaching an online class that some people lose all ability to empathize when they go online. Or, I don’t know, maybe they don’t have them to begin with. We were covering Oryx & Crake, a post-apocalyptic piece where one man, Jimmy, is left as the sole survivor of the human race. Obviously, he’s depressed. Students would make comments like, “Why doesn’t he just perk up? He should shave and bathe in the morning.” And we read a book where a character was gang-raped and students commented that maybe she’d been dressed slutty or should have drank A beer.

    Those aren’t real people, of course, but I think people completely detach online. Also, nut cases love the platform where they can flaunt their goodness. I don’t think this represents the people around you.

    #286894
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    I recently read, in Harper’s I think, that Twittering has been shown to significantly reduce empathy as well.

    #286895

    sixby9is42
    Member

    “The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about (anything) and share pornography with one another.”

    “That’s what the internet is for. Slandering others anonymously.”

    Assholes are everywhere.

    #286896
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    Or maybe… it’s been shown that the world over, people invariably bitch about someone the second they leave the room. I guess, on the internet, we’ve all left the room. So we can all bitch about each other endlessly?

    #286897

    berdawn
    Member

    It seems counter-intuitive to me that being “connected” would make one less empathetic, but OK, I kinda get it. It just seems so, vulgar and gross and, I don’t know, sad? Like we have this tool that lets me know when someone has unjustly imprisoned or has gotten asylum because of FGM but for apparently a LOT of other people, it’s just a way to broadcast a way of thinking that _I_ thought was an anachronism.

    #286898

    berdawn
    Member

    Manatee wrote >>
    Or maybe… it’s been shown that the world over, people invariably bitch about someone the second they leave the room. I guess, on the internet, we’ve all left the room. So we can all bitch about each other endlessly?

    yeah, the first one to leave the party is always a dick or a bitch.

    #286899

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Never criticize someone, until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

    Because then, they are a mile away, AND you have their shoes.

    #286900
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Aren’t newspapers written for a fourth-grade reading level?

    It really shouldn’t be too surprising then that a newspaper’s comment section is filled with discussion at a fourth-grade level.

    Personally, I try to avoid clicking on the comments on The Dispatch news. But the few occasions where I do just makes me love all of you CU regulars THAT much more. :D

    #286901

    berdawn
    Member

    alexs wrote >>
    Never criticize someone, until you have walked a mile in their shoes.
    Because then, they are a mile away, AND you have their shoes.

    OK, that made my evening! I’m sure that the people who are writing the things that frighten me are simply satirists honing their craft for their day job at the Onion. (I’m also sure that I’m not likely to read the comments section anymore)

    #286902

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    berdawn wrote >>

    alexs wrote >>
    Never criticize someone, until you have walked a mile in their shoes.
    Because then, they are a mile away, AND you have their shoes.

    I’m sure that the people who are writing the things that frighten me are simply satirists honing their craft

    Yeah, they’re honing something.

    #286903

    Try to bear in mind that most of these people are posting this shit to accomplish two things:

    1. get attention from anonymous strangers, even if it is negative, which is sad on so many levels I can’t even count.

    2. vent their frustrations at life in general, because they are two cowardly to vent it to people face to face.

    They may have found a place to post their “voice”, but as loud as it seems, just remember that it is the same dozen pinheads doing it…not some large segment of Columbus’ population.

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