Pitfalls

I’m back! Did you miss me? Yeah, you missed me. I’ll go with that, anyway.

Having my internet restored should be a good thing. And it is, it most definitely is. I mean, the internet is a pathway to the world around us in so many ways. Unfortunately, my need to be informed conflicts greatly with the newfound peace and quiet that came with the lack of WiFi, and as you might have guessed, jumping right back into the dumpster fire that is social media these days may have been the wrong thing to do.

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there have been a lot of, shall we say, questionable activities finding their way to social media feeds around the globe. Idiots desperately trying to amass a following by licking toilet seats or dragging their tongue across ice cream in the store, just to place it back in the freezer section for some unsuspecting patron to buy. Hell, there are people out there who aren’t even trying to be discreet about it and straight-up spitting, sneezing, or coughing on produce in the supermarket while shouting, “You’re all going to die!” or some such nonsense. This got me thinking about how our fellow humans just downright suck in my opinion. I apologize for the negativity, but I think I’ve mentioned it before… I hate people.

Let’s talk social media groups. I don’t understand people who feel the need to join groups they have no interest in for the sole purpose of just harassing the other members. For instance, your typical obnoxiously vocal misogynist joining a feminist group so he can harangue the female members. Or an alt-right conservative in a human rights group. Or an atheist in a Christian book club. Or a devoted meat eater seeking out a vegan group to espouse the virtues of his or her carnivorous diet. Or vice versa… a devoted vegan joining a group dedicated to hunting or BBQ recipes just to shame the people who partake in such things. I mean, I could go on and on. The thing is, most of these people are doing it just to amuse themselves as they read and reread their own ‘hilarious’ commentary, and bear witness to the anger and hurt left in their wake.  Maybe it’s just me, but it sure seems like they have more time on their hands than sense.

Facebook has to be among the worst for this type of behavior. At one time, Facebook was used as a way to pump up your image, to project a perfect life or a perfect marriage or a perfect home or perfect kids. And yeah, some people still use it for that. But now, it seems that along with many other aspects of our society, and social media as a whole, Facebook has become a pit of negativity, abuse, harassment, and conspiracy theories. People wear their stupidity like it’s a badge of honor.

With these so-called trolls, the sky’s the limit to what they can and will get into, and the very real damage they can cause. Even before our current state of pandemic, where too many seem to have more than enough time to engage in hate, we, as a society, were spiraling downwards. It just seems like we’ve slid completely down into the pit rather too quickly for my taste.

 

5 thoughts on “Pitfalls

  1. I remember several SF short stories that I read in my youth, which means they had to be from the 50’s and early 60’s. The common theme revolved around the “what if” concept of someone getting the “gift” of telepathy, being able to see into everyone’s mind, heart, and soul. These stories universally portrayed this not as a benefit or superpower, but as a curse, an entry into Hell on Earth because at their core almost everyone was so awful and disgusting.

    The internet has taken a couple of large steps toward making this scenario real. We are seeing what is in the mind, heart, and souls of our fellow human beings, and they are awful and disgusting.

    But…

    There are some wonderful people out there that we would never have gotten to meet without social media. They’re outnumbered by the assholes and trolls, but they’re there. (You’re one of them, BTW!) So I think the better analogy is gold mining. There’s a lot of dirt, rocks, mud, silt, slag, and moose shit you have to go through panning in that stream, but occasionally you find a nugget to keep.

  2. Yes I missed your acerbic commentary but also respect the need to distance oneself these days from online chaos. I am glad to not lose Internet since my work from home depends on it, but am practicing turning off and tuning out to maintain what limited sanity I still claim.
    Unfortunately that seems to also result in me not writing my blog posts as often as I would like.
    Oh well…

  3. Wow. I wish I had written every single word that “momdude” wrote. Every single word. Especially that last paragraph.

    OK, I might’ve changed “moose shit” to “bullshit” but that’s purely cosmetic (so to speak).

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