No big deal, right?
(Especially for readers of this blog. Get to it, DaveyPants.)
Well, on Twitter it was a big deal. Fans of the current champion Kentucky Wildcats assaulted the prospect’s Twitter account. “F*ck you!” They @replied him. “I only hope the worst for you.” It was ugly. And I only chose the easiest tweets to post.
But (aha, here comes the point), behavior like this is widespread across the internet. Look at any Amazon page and read some of the bad reviews. While they are rarely curse laden, because Amazon screens, some are filled with hatred toward the author. Anonymous comments on blogs lash out at people they don’t agree with. Look at any news article or blog post on teachers. These posts are filled with thoughtlessness. Cruelty.
What do these people get out of this? Hiding behind their internet screen names, they can say what they want and expect to be consequence free. And most of these people aren’t teens being teens. They are mature adults who hold good jobs.
It’s all about two things. Power and entitlement.
Power: People get a kick out of being able to say what they want directly to someone. And when their view of that person or that person’s work is negative, it becomes even easier. It is very difficult to compliment someone. A lot easier to bash and let every emotion they feel out toward that person. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Entitlement: Now that the internet exists, people feel they deserve everything. I spent 99 cents on this book. I spent 9.99 on this book. I deserve everything I buy to be GOOD. I should agree with everything someone says. My team should have the best players on the planet EVERY YEAR.
People need to think. You wouldn’t say this stuff if the author was sitting right next to you. If the 18 year old kid making one of the biggest decisions of his life was standing in front of you.
So, don’t do it now.
Even if you’re on the ‘net, hiding behind a fake name, be a human.