Ramblings of a Just A Man

20 May

I seem to enjoy sharing my opinions with people on the internet. Perhaps sometimes it’s less share and more, enforced?

The internet is a land of extremes. I read or heard somewhere (the format is irrelevant fundamentally) that for mundane and boring things to become interesting, extreme words must be used. You cannot say “UKIP are slightly annoying” because “people” (who ever this demographic is) wouldn’t care about your opinion. If you said “UKIP are… <EXTREME WORD>“, you suddenly have people’s attention. Either overzealous people agreeing with you, or people who support UKIP who are mortally wounded by your scathing keyboard inputs.

But really, you don’t achieve much. You may fuel the one of many flames wars that are currently being waged across the cyberspace (a sort of embarrassing version of Star Wars) but that’s it. You just make yourself look like a nutter to probably the  majority of internet users, who still do not care. Those users have an allotted time to use the interwebs and really do not want to waste precious moments being aware at how someone looks not great in a garment. There must be enough people who use the internet who do care (or have been coached to care) about fabric being draped over people that “Content Creators” have built a career out of it.

“Content Creator” is a strange title. It means someone who puts stuff on the thing (this case The Internet) for others to look at. It’s quite a vague term. It doesn’t quantify quality. Oats are a content of Muesli. Water is a content of Enamel Paint. Are those exciting things? They’re critical components in their own right, but not “exciting”. This blog post is a “content”.

But lets go back to talking about overzealous internet users.

I do not like seeing a “Content Producer” getting involved in a flame war.

Why?

Besides being protective over the person I like; I dislike it because you may see the worst side of them.

A while ago Pokemon Content Producer I follow, angered a certain aggressive percentage of a Pokemon Community. He criticised the politics of the community. The backlash was unreasonable (cyber bullying, death threats, etc.. The sort of stuff that would make any human want to shrivel up into a fetus. No human has evolved to emotionally deal with that quantity of abuse. Humans have always lived in small communities. There was no reason why the Human could ever be exposed to that amount of hatred until the Internets).

But it was made awkward by the wording used by the person I follow. If you are going to publicly (everything you post on the internet to some degree is public) express an opinion, try to word things carefully as to not accidentally imply things you didn’t mean. If people did misunderstand, you at least can prove that’s what you did not mean. Ambiguous wording leaves you vulnerable to justified counter criticisms. Understand the person who may read/hear your words doesn’t have the same brain as you. So make sure that your message is clear.

The war is still going on. Doesn’t help he occasionally releases Videos commenting on the community which rekindles the flames. He should not have to be afraid of posting things (that are not toxic towards other people). But in the current climate, it would be unwise to aggravate further.

If you are engaged in conflict, avoid using swear words or derogative terminology. Your job in an argument is to win support from the outside by explaining your point clearly and successfully. You will rarely ever win over the opposition.  It will be like arguing with a brick wall. So if you use certain words, or words in a certain way, you may actually not gain any support. Or if you do, you’ll gain the support of people you won’t want supporting you. At the end of the day, if someone comes across the argument and see both sides are being equally vile, that person will just think both of you are horrid. You can argue your point without appearing like that. See the debate that occurred between Monty Python and a few members of the English Church in the wake of “The Life of Brian”.

So that’s what I think on the topic of Internet flame. It’s pointless. Makes everyone look stupid. If you feel the need to engage a toxic person, make sure you do not get any on you.

Bai.

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