February 23, 2011

Seriously people? Seriously?! And this is why I should be in charge of the world....or at least the Internet.

There are many times during the day when I shake my head at humanity.  There are many times when I throw my arms up in disgust and swear that the world is going to hell in a handbasket.  But today??  Today took the cake.

It is official.

After today, I will no longer allow myself to read the news or the comments that "people" make on the said articles. (Someone remind me of this when I go on my next rant - because, seriously? I have no self control and as early as tomorrow morning I'll be back to reading the news/comments.  What can I say? I know myself too well.)

This morning I was reading about the tragic murders of the American couples by pirates.  The article was more focused on the lives of the people murdered.  That is key here.  It was about the lives of the people murdered.

The comments were what incensed me to no end.

As of this morning, over one thousand comments.  And the majority of them stated, in one way or another, that these people were "asking for it."  That they "shouldn't have been there."  Nearly every single one had a misspelling in it as well.  And every single one was hiding behind a screen name.

Where in the hell is the compassion?  These people - no matter what - did NOT deserve to be murdered.  PERIOD.  No one "deserves" to be murdered.

I was taught "if you can't say something nice; don't say anything at all."  Well, apparently the anonymity that the Internet offers lets people give in to the temptation to say the ugliest things.  I have been lucky.  I haven't (knock on wood) yet been hit by people like this.  And you can bet, if I do, they will be deleted and blocked. No, you don't have to agree with me to be published - but there is a thing called respect and a lack of respect does not fly here.  Ever.  And unfortunately, in this day and age, respect seems to have fallen by the wayside.

I have to wonder how many of these commenters would have actually said some of the nasty things they said if they had to reveal their real names?

The kicker?  All the misspellings.  I realize that misspellings are a pet peeve of mine.  But really?  If you are going to display your hateful vitriolic heart to the world - then take the time to run spell check.  Because otherwise; you are showing your ignorance two-fold.


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I would link to the article - despite the eternal shame that I have in my fellow man right now - just to give this post credence but I can't find it - so you will just have to trust me on this one. And despite, Man-Child's misgivings, I'll have you know I would be a kind dictator - should you decide that I'd be the perfect one to be in charge of the world.

13 comments:

  1. You can join me in the Perfect Club. It drives me batty when others can't be as perfect as me and makes me want to smack them. And no- I'm not being sarcastic in any way, shape, or form. A first for me I know, but there's a time and place for everything.

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  2. I heard one of the couples was from the Seattle area and were missionaries .... I don't comment much on news articles - I used to much more - you can look at it as a time waster - maybe that will help you bypass it??? :)

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  3. I agree with you completely!

    No one deserves,or goes out to be murdered!

    Even one life lost to a murderer has cataclysmic results for those family and friends that are left to grieve.

    That said, I do know of some people that deliberately go to trouble spots for the 'excitement'. Idiots mostly.

    But there is a huge difference between enjoying a holiday and deliberately putting your life on the line.

    Those people (mostly the ignorant ones) that claim that "they shouldn't have been there" are completely without feeling and respect for those who have had their lives taken.

    Putting them against a wall and shooting them would be to good an end for them!

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  4. I stopped reading comments on news articles for the very same reason. I still don't read them, and you reinforced that I have made the right choice. I cannot believe, as you point out here, the incredible vitriol and ignorance that people happily display to the world.

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  5. First, I totally agree you should be in charge.

    I can't stand to read comments like that.

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  6. Yep. I'm in total agreement with you. It's a sad commentary.

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  7. Oh aren't some people just so evil. I cannot understand how anyone could say those things. :(

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  8. Gigi, I totally understand what you mean. It scares me and saddens me that people who say crap like that are no longer looked at as rude or shocking. It's all just par for the course. Makes me wonder, what in the hell the world is coming to. Very sad.

    But good to know there's still good people like you in it.

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  9. Oh my friend, I know what you mean. We are all entitled to our opinions but when I read the comments on news stories I'm appalled. Recently a friend of mine was murdered and the comments on the article made my heart hurt for the state of our world. So you have my vote. Gigi for world domination! Maybe we should start with the internet!

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  10. I agree! I don't understand why some people have to be so hateful! Wonder how they would feel if those people were related to them.

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  11. That's why I have to stay away from commenting on things like that. Some people are so incredibly rude.

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  12. That is the reason I stopped reading comments to news stories. It was so rare that I found a cogent observation that I figured it was worthless.

    Okay -- I elect you internet boss....as long as you allow me to make up words.

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I generally respond to comments via email...if your blog/id is not tied to your email, I will attempt to respond here...but I would strongly suggest that you make your email available if you want to continue the conversation.

Unfortunately, for some reason people with Yahoo emails are receiving bounce-backs. Your comment will be published but I won't be notified; but I will respond once I realize you've left a comment.