I’m a big fan of social media, both personally and professionally. From blogs, to Facebook, to Technorati to digg – among many other vehicles. Social media is growing and impacting many areas of my daily life. It’s no longer just about traditional media. Everyone has a voice and is using social media to share content, opinions, personal experiences/perspectives, etc. It truly makes the world smaller and connects you with ideas, views and people you might not normally interact with or hear about.
Prior to this blog, I participated in many food forums (still do), learning about new recipes, seeking cooking advice or researching places to check out while traveling. One local favorite is the food and wine forum on cleveland.com. This forum, like many others, is filled with local foodies sharing their dining reviews, opinions and food-related news. This forum is also filled with some of the most immature posters. I had a small taste of this in the comments that came in from my Blue Point post, but that’s nothing to what’s louring out there. It amazes me by how rude, nasty and totally disrespectful people can be. And for what reason? Bored at work? Unhappy life? Childhood bully grew into adult bully still seeking out new ways to insult others?
In my everyday life, from work, to home, to friendships, to strangers I stumble upon while running errands or any other person I may cross paths with, I never, or should say rarely, encounter what you can find online. Give a person a keyboard and a little anonymity and watch what comes out of their mouth. You don’t act like this in the real world, so why resort to this online? It kind of reminds me of road rage. When people think no one is watching, beware.
It makes you wonder, is this what people are really like and they are just great actors? Or does various applications within social media provide people an outlet to release pent up anger? I don’t know. I’m certainly far from perfect and have definitely had my moments, but can’t imagine getting some sheer joy out of causing havoc online or off the way so many do. What’s the point? And what does that really say about a person who truly enjoys hiding online and turning up the hostility. Like I said, I saw just a little on this blog. Spend some time on other sites and it’s enough to make your head spin.