I believe that the worst thing technology has ever given us is anonymity. The ability to spew hate and ignorance without having to be held accountable. The pure ignorance of some people is astounding, they treat the 1st amendment like a pardon for whatever offensive shit comes out of their mouth. Not everyone grows up in a loving household, not everybody is taught the difference between right and wrong but back before legal loopholes overruled common sense and anonymity ruled social interactions you either learned to be decent human being or you paid for your transgressions. I think what a lot of people fail to realize is that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, if you saw a wallet outside on the ground and it had a license and 100 dollars in cash in you can sure as hell take the money but it doesn't mean you should. Just like how online you can say whatever you want where ever you want, doesn't mean you should.
Freedom of speech is a great thing, don't get me wrong. But there is a time and place for opinions and discretion. If theres a thread thats topic is "when was your first communion?" It is not necessary to respond "I never had one cuz god is a lie and you are all sheep and spaghetti monster blah blah" just not necessary and regardless how you feel about religion it is a very sacred thing to some and it should be respected a lot more than it is. Likewise i hate seeing condemnations from religious people on sensitive topics; "my cousin just committed suicide i'm feeling really down" "We he's definitely feeling down cuz he's in hell". Trolling is probably the lowest form of comedy and it goes back to my original point just because you can doesn't mean you should.
This is a wrestling forum and i understand people are going to get on peoples cases but keeping the banter respectful and away from unnecessary accusations and ridiculous displays of disrespect. Sure if you make a thread entitled "i Hate gays" thats your opinion, post that thread i have no problem with that, but dont post "I hate Gays" in a thread about a member who just came out of the closet... common fucking sense right?
What really caused me to right this are conspiracy nuts who litter the internet with accusations against the united states gov't that hold about as much weight as tissue. Again its someones opinion but when see it on 911 memorial sights or other honoring sights, it makes me angry. Its disrespectful to the people who lost their lives in the tragedy and to the families of those people.
In conclusion, the internet certainly gives everyone the ability to say whatever they want without and real consequences but to take your insecurities out on random people is not only disrespectful but it certainly doesn't make you look and tougher and smarter. I'm all for difference in opinions but pick your spots and we can make life a lot easier for everybody.
tl:dr Anonymity has caused the majority of society to become irresponsible with their own actions which consequently leads to a generation of ignorant punks and self conscious keyboard tough guys.
Last edited by DTB1986 : 05-09-2011 at 08:52 AM.