Tuesday, 22 January 2008
|1708 - Internet hatred: Someone gets it|
Wil Wheaton linked to a blog post by Jonathan Coulton, taking those who left negative comments on a YouTube video to task for giving the creator a hard time:
Really? This is a good use of your time, to make someone you’ve never met feel bad just because they made an amateur fan video about something they really like? Where’s your thing that you made and put online for everyone to see, you[...]?
About all anyone can do in the face of it is to ignore the Slashdotters and Farkers and SomethingAwful forum goons and 4chan idiots and all of the other Internet kiddies who can’t do anything on their own, but sure can spew out all of the hatred and derogatory comments anyone has ever thought of.
Unfortunately, he's preaching to the choir: those who need to hear his message are exactly those who will ignore it.
current mood: busy
I think my mom had it right when she told my five year old self that they make fun of the ones they are jealous of.
I just booked my tickets and hotel for ROFLcon in Boston, and look forward to seeing you again.
The documentary we were working on that we interviewed you for got mothballed but we're going to be picking it up soon as some circumstances have changed.
Ironically, we talked about internet heroism, internet stardom and viral memes and whatnot during our interview, so it's funny that we'll cross paths again at a gathering devoted to these topics...
Well, this phenomenon seems due to a combination of factors
1) The anonymous nature of the net - even if you post your name, the computer screen puts your online "life" at an emotional remove. People seem to feel free to post things that they would never consider saying out loud or to someone's face.
2) The net as a magnet for people with poor social skills - some of feel more comfortable communicating with people online BECAUSE of that emotional distance. This can lead to real friendships, or creepy online stalkers. I've had some of both.
3) Subcategory of #3 are the people who can only build themselves up by putting other people down. An example is that idiot who posted on the a_f_r group about what constitutes a "real rennie". (The general response was that we're sorry you fail at life but who the hell are you to tell us what a word has to mean?). It's kind of sad that he has to "label" people in order to feel superior. These people never progressed emotionally beyond the schoolyard "Well YOU suck!".
(For example, I have very definite opinions as to some of your costume choices. Unlike most of Fark, though - I told them to your face.)
1) Indeed...although some of the folks who use their name online and post that kind of thing will find out that it can turn around and bite them; a simple Google search will turn up all sorts of stuff.
As for my costume choices, your criticism is greatly appreciated, even if I don't always take it to heart. If I can ever figure out what I'm doing next, though, I'll be sure to get your opinions. (I've got an idea...but I'm not sure yet if I want to try it.)
It's really easy to tear something down, and much harder to build something up. The internet has revealed us all to be critics.