The internet. A world-wide sensation. It has intertwined itself in our lives both personal and professional. It has allowed corporations to work in real-time from across the globe. The internet has changed the way we shop, listen to music, the way we work and the way we communicate. The greatest thing ever?
My first answer would be yes. I couldn’t do this blog without it. I can operate my computer at work from home. I do my shopping on it. I use email and text messaging. I am an avid fan of the internet. I even met my wife on the internet.
But there is another side that emerges from this technology. A darker side. A different form of communication that brings out the worst in people.
Facebook appears to be a wonderful communication tool. You can post pictures and movies. Your able to find and stay in touch with long-lost friends. You can find others with common interest and share your passion. These and much more is the possibilities you find with Facebook. The reality is what you usually find is the worst o fhuman nature.
Political discussions on Facebook are common. It starts with someone posting their views. It ends with vile comments and personal slanders among many that jump on to crucify the author. It is rarely a spirited debate using facts and figures to defend ones views. It is mostly an on-line hate fest with each side vying for the gotcha comment. Very few of these people would ever voice their opinions in person, but in the security of their own home they spew their “expert” opinions, usually displaying their IQ at the same time.
And then there are the little people. I mean people of little spine and backbone. People of little integrity and character. They sit in the corner of their darkened room with a little smile typing away. It could be a scene from the Grinch seated behind their keyboard or tablet. They spread lies and hate. They broadcast insults and hurtful post. They are there to tear everyone else down. They have not the spine to say any of it in person but in the security of their dark little corner they tap away. They will show everyone. They have little sense of self-worth and only derive pleasure from tearing others down. They are the dark edge of the technology sword. They use this incredible tool to hate and destroy. I see it over and over again. You see it in the news with the high school student that commits suicide over what was posted on Facebook. You see it as often in adults. I have seen those I love furious and in tears over Facebook posts. My daughter suffered an attack just last week. These weasalie pathetic excuses for humans tap tap tap in their darkened room. They will get them. They tap tap tap in delight spreading pain and sorrow.
As with everything the internet is only a tool. It is up to us as to how to use it. Regretfully, human nature shows itself again utilizing this amazing tool for their selfish evil purposes. I for one say if you can’t ignore it, delete Facebook and take their power away. they are only as strong as we let them be.