I’m continually amazed at the negative posts (rants) on social media and on the internet by individuals spewing venom at will. It might be liberating to vent your spleen for fun, but it’s rarely a victimless endeavor.
One of my favorite quotes: Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, right? But you don’t have to BE one–really, you don’t. What is this incessant need to show opposition to everything and everyone? We are given the opportunity to review books, music, recipes and articles on nearly every website, not to mention the open invitation of the “What’s on you mind?” status update bar on Facebook.
We’ve become a society of online road-ragers driving around from site to site, giving each other the finger, honking our horns and yelling obscenities out the window.
Perhaps your need to show how supremely intelligent you are drives you to stop and urbanely correct the author in the comments section. You look like a jerk when you try and rewrite someone’s article or pontificate a higher level of thinking. Go write your own blog. Leave theirs alone.
Honesty is good to a healthy degree. But the point at which you type something nasty that you wouldn’t consider saying to a person’s face might be a good place to draw the line. Spouting opinions on things you haven’t tried or read or about a person’s character who you haven’t met is harmful to actual human beings, believe it or not.
Don’t be a hater who trolls the internet looking for a place to spew your gnarly opinions on people and things you truly know very little about. Stick to your mother’s rule: If you can’t say something nice, shut it. And for heaven’ sake, leave the little pop stars alone. Nobody cares if you hate them. It just makes you sound mean.
Get some therapy, medicate, make a new friend., pick some daisies. Find something positive to do with your time. There’s enough bad stuff in this world to go around without dragging others down.
This is for my writer friends who’ve been the victims of negative critics that haven’t bothered to read the books or consider the authors’ feelings before slamming them on Amazon and for all the others out there who are getting harshed on for their efforts.
Love to you all!
(I plead guilty to dissing Tiger Woods after the thing with his eight hundred mistresses. But I swear I would tell him to his face.)