Don’t Block Me Brah

Trolls (not the good kind), solitary confinement (also not the good kind), nudity (the good kind), and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

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In the past I’ve discussed (with myself) how social networking is considered real life for the younger generations, and posting things of a “questionable” nature (as defined by the older generations) is just normal and does not carry the same stigma, shame, weight, and — well, it’s just how life is now. Social networks are our personal lives, which now is also public accessible. It’s the new normal. Sorry grandpa, that’s how it is. Get used to it.

Actually my grandfathers (I had two) have been dead for a long time, so I’m guessing it really isn’t a concern for them personally.

I’ve read a great many posts and comments on these social networks over the years and have come to the conclusion that many people are mean — really really mean. Posts filled with insults, threats, violence, hate, rape, murder, emojis, and other things directed to make another humans feel bad.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe if you are bad you should feel bad and I believe that some people should be sterilized (or possibly euthanized) but I don’t share that with the world otherwise I'd get branded as some kind of super villain. Well that and the fact I created a lair on the inside of an active volcano.

Some of these mean people have a belief and are just — inexperienced at expressing themselves in a civilized manner. But no matter how you look at it, these people are trolls.

My belief, my credo if you will, is to not respond to the trolls because that’s what they want. They want to argue. They don’t want to listen to anything you have to say. They listen only to figure out when they can respond. Unless it’s CNN or Fox News, then they just talk over each other so no one can understand any of them. And yes, there are trolls on TV too (and in person!)

I don’t feel the need to comment back because the troll’s posts speak volumes about their character and intelligence or lack thereof (was that a “troll” like comment - oops). And if I responded to everyone troll or every person that thought differently than me or anyone that critiqued me, I’d be the President of the United States of America.

And don’t block the trolls. You know what they say keep your friends close and your enemies as Facebook friends. This way you’ll know where they are and what they are up to.

But there are times when a response is required, but not directly to the person who dealt it. For instance I read an article on Mashable recently where the troll said awful things to this woman online and then deleted his account because he told her, “you do not get a chance to respond.” Since responding to this individual wasn’t possible and it would have fell on a completely deaf brain anyway, she wrote her response online for everyone to see. Maybe he won’t learn, but others may.

Just remember haters gonna hate and nothing is going to change that except themselves — but maybe we can help nudge them in the correct direction. If you’d like learn my philosophy on how you can nudge someone like this, listen to my show from a few weeks back, #370 called, “I Don’t Understand, And I’d Like To”.

Always remember my number one rule, Be polite. Always be polite.

Mashable Article

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This is episode s10e07(372) for Monday, February 20, 2017 and clocked in at 13 minutes, 28 seconds