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  •  I completely understand and wrestle with (12+ / 0-)

    many of the same issues. Definitely part of what made the internet so alluring and freeing is that belief that it was a safe harbor to post views anonymously, hopefully with like-minded and sympathetic individuals, or who, if they weren't like minded were at least open to the idea of civilized discourse.

    But, then, it seems inevitably, some sort of hive mentality takes over combined with some human need to constantly be "right" about a topic or issue and then things escalate to the point where personal animosities actually build over a name that is nothing but pixels on a screen because the pixels disagree with you.

    People behave online as they would never behave in public and it has coarsened all of us. When I went to elementary and middle school, there were cliques, but there was nothing even remotely similar to the internet bullying of children that goes on today where 12 year olds are told to drink bleach and die.

    I cannot read the comments sections on many news websites anymore because the comments are so ignorant, crude and vicious and it seems like there's some sort of contest being waged to see who can be the MOST crude, ignorant and vicious.

    So I guess it's not the lack of privacy that I fear as much as it is the lack of humanity that I fear.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:25:14 AM PDT

    •  Is there ever a time when you see this and can (3+ / 0-)

      understand the person in their anger?

      Which is not to say, approve, but sympathize?

      I get what you are saying about all of it though. There are people who are mean just to be mean. In my younger days I might have engaged, but generally I ignore now.

      I finally learned to pick my battles.

      Sometimes you can get into arguments with the people above, and it's hard to tell who's the troll.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:34:04 AM PDT

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    •  Also about the bullying and cliques (8+ / 0-)

      I don't know. Perhaps we just never heard of that behavior.

      Now it's where everyone can see it, it's visible. Back in the day, kids hid that sort of thing on both sides to avoid adult intervention.

      Maybe they didn't tell each other to drink bleach and die, but I witnessed more than a few fights as a young person, and saw and heard the horrible things that (girls) would say about each other when they thought they had an agreeable audience.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:37:39 AM PDT

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