Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Debate vs Flames

It's come to my attention lately that those who disagree with and comment on a blogs post are subjected to rather nasty comments by other fans of whatever blog this is.

This phenomenon is particularly bad on blog such as Unclutterer, TheSimpleDollar, and GetRichSlowly, which have very loyal fans. There are others, but I can't think of more examples right now. I don't mean to single these sites out in any way, they happen to be three sites I used to read, that I have had to stop reading due to the prevalent ugliness in the comments.

What's happened to our society, when you can't idly speculate about something, or just plain disagree, without having everybody jump down your throat?

When I was a child, my parents had debates every night at dinner. Frequently, one of us would take a side we didn't agree with, just for fun. Everyone, no matter how little, was expected to contribute to the conversation. No opinion or position was ever ridiculed. I thought this was normal until one of my friends just recently mentioned this. She said she was raising her children using my parents as an example.

I'm not sure what I am saying here. I do think that young adults in particular have a problem with dissent. I know I did! The good news is, you will grow out of it. In the meantime, enjoy the difference in opinion, lifestyle, and looks. It is what makes the world magical.


Splash said...

I'd just like to add that, at my age, by "young adults" I mean anyone under 30. Sorry twenty-somethings, but when you reach my age, you will look back and realize you are really very young.

And no, I wouldn't go back to being under thirty for all the tea in China.

Home exchange said...

I think you've got a good point. Some of the fan loyalty can get a bit tribal at times. I guess it's a combination of the anonymous freedom the internet gives you. Interesting post.