Good Saturday people. Hope this finds all of you well. When I first started writing here, I was told I could do just about anything I wanted with the posts. One of the suggestions was perhaps a YouTube video or something like that. Whatever struck my fancy. Now, I watch a lot of YT videos and read though the comments, if there aren’t too many of them. Sometimes, I’ll even look at the channels of those who are commenting to try and figure out what they are all about. Usually that ends in failure but not always. There is a channel I’ve subscribed to where the guy calls his rant (political) The Shot Of The Day. His ‘Shot’ is usually aimed at our current white house occupant or something to do with what he’s recently said or done. I know I’ve just opened this up for a heated political debate but that isn’t my aim here. I’m on record as saying I can’t stand the current occupant and in fact, have had a few choice words for him.
These videos are conservative leaning as he is very anti current occupant (CO). A lot of what he says makes sense to me and there of course are many who disagree. Fine. What gets me wondering though, not only on YouTube but other social media (Twitter, FB, etc) where these people come from who write these comments. I’m the first to admit, I’m not always kind or even respectful in my commenting on certain subjects. Further, I’ve regrettably hurt some feelings. I can’t change that, only apologize for it and move on. However, these are typically people I would deal with online on nearly a daily basis so there are discussions I purposely stay away from.
Some of you may be thinking pot kettle black in what I’m about to say but hear me out. On what planet do people who use name calling, bigotry, and other general disregard, believe they can be taken seriously? If you all want to see some real moronic hate, go read some of the comments on these political based posts. I’m not going to link any here, no point in it, they’re all about the same. I really don’t know what would scare me more. The fact that these people are out there or that they may actually vote. Admittedly, I’m biased so half of it, I kind of chuckle at but I still wonder if they believe they can be taken seriously. I’m certain to a 99% degree that if standing face to face, none of these people would have the nuts to repeat anything they’ve written.
I’ve picked one very small segment of this ‘issue’ but it expands far beyond YT and the Whitehouse CO. Pick a topic and a place where it can be discussed. There are people very passionate about their view of that topic and by any means necessary, they will attempt to verbally stomp out any opposition. I’ve even seen people make threats against someone because they were PO’d about the person’s take on an American Idol contestant. I know of people who have been told their kids should be killed and left in a ditch somewhere. Really? We have THE most powerful connection tool in the history of the world literally at our fingertips, and this is what we do with it. I know some of you have been involved in twitter fights, and that is the specific reason I stay away from it. For some I guess it’s fun and to an extent, I might agree. I’m not interested in participating however. I can’t speak of a specific incident but I know there are those, both adult and kids, who are completely trashed and ruined with this ‘social media’.
So since we can’t actually see most of these people, who are they, Really? Here’s the picture I have. 28ish years old. Never graduated college because they couldn’t pick a major. Living in parent’s basement because he can’t find a job and last girlfriend kicked him out. Half eaten bag of funions laying next to the computer and a bunch of empty beer cans strewn about. Chances are pretty good that they spend most of their time playing video games because if you look at their channels, they are full of clips of other people’s video games or clips they’ve uploaded themselves. Each in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing but combine them all and you have the person who has nothing better to do than scour the internet looking for people to pick fights with. Once they find someone, they will subscribe to that person’s YT channel for a daily dose of their fun. They make their half baked arguments, never yield that they may in fact, be wrong. When their point can’t be made in a normal tone, the resort to cyber screaming POSTING IN ALL CAPS as if it’s going to make them more convincing. Someone once said to me, amplify your point rather than your voice if you want to win a debate. Good advice for those who like to argue on the internet or anywhere else. When they can’t do that, out comes the name calling. I’m not going to repeat any of them here, too offensive to many and yes, I think I’m above it.
What I fail to completely understand, is why all the hate? It’s a fine line but when I am ‘trashing’ someone on the internet (usually one or more of the HWs), I try to attack what they do or have done rather than the person. I will defend that by saying, these are people I can See. I can see what they do and have done. I look at the garbage these people write and I ask myself, could I be the same way? The answer, sadly, is yes. If I let myself do it. Most times, I don’t. Why? I don’t want to be seen as that frustrated dude in someone’s basement with nothing better to do than trash someone I’ll never meet.
There really isn’t a point to this, more of a reflection as titled. A rambling of thoughts that go through my mind when I see these comment / twitter wars perpetuated by people who will never meet one another. The anonymity of cyberspace removes the barrier of thought, one may get punched in the mouth for the things they say (and rightfully so, I say) makes people a lot more brave than they would otherwise be. This isn’t really one of my normal type Saturday Specials.. For now, I’ve run out of stories to tell you that I think would be even remotely interesting. I’ll try to continue this feature as long as you’re interested in reading it. I’ll leave you with, since I started this based on a YouTube video, a video I thought pretty amazing.
This, is the kind of stuff I like to see on YouTube. Enjoy.
See you all around…