Hatred, abuse and a simmering rage – Human outourings online.
So, a while ago I was mindful of flicking about on youtube and scrolling the comments sections seeing the abuse thrown from one faceless name to another … and I found this EVERYWHERE, twitter, facebook, yahoo etc
Where is the love?
Its there too … but the hate screams the loudest.
Are we inherantly fucked up, to be nasty and hard on others … why do people do it? Why do people respond? Can we actually grow up from being a Human Race of children?
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The phenomenon is related to the whole Stanford Prison Experiment, right? For those of you who haven’t heard of it check it out: http://www.prisonexp.org/. Those weren’t even anonymous, just given absolute power w/o threat of reprisal, which is basically the same thing.
When I need a break and a laugh I go to a site called baseballthinkfactory. One thread or another is guaranteed to crack me up every time. Many of the participants are pretty intelligent and the site is a way for them to blow off steam & sharpen their chops. It’s a baseball site and right now the hot thread has evolved into a greatest rock band & song debate. it’s the only site I visit for the entertainment value of the comment threads.
lol, Manimal, faecies.
Bird I agree in a way, douchebaggery in a growing trend of entertainment.
I have a little analogy that I often use- If two people are walking down a street on either side of the road, one is coming home from a hard day at work, the other is pissed coming home from the pub, which one will you notice? The one in quiet stride or the one staggering all over the place screaming abuse?
It is a case of the most offensive being noticed in society and that is not just a phenomena localised to this example. You think about how people in the financial sector work, there is probably the most profitable industry one can be in, but to simply survive there (forget about climbing to the top and winning) you have to throw things like morals, ethics, virtues and values out the window. Destroying lives for profit is an unsavoury business, and extremely offensive.
So in a culture where badboys get all the chicks (metaphor…. or is it?), that all manner of obscene behaviour is rewarded, what do you expect? There is a saying “any press is good press” you see controvercial things happening, it gets on the news how bad they have been, boooom you have a sensation making huge ammounts of money in deals and merchandising. I’m ranting, stopping now.
1. What kind of people write comments on youtube? Nerds with no life, fanboys, haters.
2. What are the typical traits of these people? Anger, frustration, no social life, very defensive of their opinions.
3. What happens when you give such a person anonymity and expose him to people who have different opinions and things he doesn’t like? He starts calling them names and acting like a dick and stuff. He’s got so much suppressed frustration, since he’s a loser, and now that he’s anonymous he thinks he’s so cool and he can get away with this stuff. It’s no rocket science.
99% of people are morons, hateful, envious, frustrated little idiots. (Ever hear the phrase “we are the 99%” haha?) That they’re gonna write this type of shit to eachother is no wonder, they’re very predictable. It’s like putting a bunch of monkeys in a cage with scarce food and too many males, you just know they’re gonna start throwing feces at eachother.
Meh, when you’re sittin around all day on your computer (not like myself right now) you start to lose perspective. This sucks, but luckily there’s stuff, (such as high existence).
Also, people inherently start anywhere they don’t know, some people stay there and keep on not knowing, and they keep drowning in their escape from it, no imaginful (yes that’s now a word and you better believe it you fucking troll < =8 douche!!1! >:?) wonderings about how their reality has a life of it’s own and has had one, only that it’s on it’s own. I try not to mind it, i will do what I do and not worry what if they aren’t. They’re pretty lame but I don’t care too much for them. Spread your stuff and not their that.
i find that i see more negative stuff online on the days im feeling down, more positive stuff when i’m already happy.
eg. if you feel a bit iffy, don’t read too much into what you find online as you may end up committing suicide. thats why we have doctors.
you get what you focus on.
@Manimal couldn’t have said it better myself. People say all kinds of hateful things on the internet because it’s safe to do so, if they said these things in real life they’d get their asses beat to a pulp.
On the other hand the political ones are interesting sometimes. You can see the common ground between people’s differing points of view on problems, and see that they’re not so far apart on what they want most of the time. If we could all agree to drop labels like “liberal, conservative, etc.” I’m sure there’s a lot most people could agree on.
We are all mirrors for one another. We reflect what is shown to us and others reflect what we show to them and so on and so forth.
Hatred is easy to spread. It requires no love, compassion, understanding or empathy. We never have to wait around wondering if it will be reciprocated. Like nuclear fusion it fuels its self. And emotional scars from hatred and abuse (which may never go away) are a breeding ground for more negativity to perpetuate its self.
I have to stop. My chakras seriously hurt after typing that. It is the truth, but it is just too overwhelming.
Love and positivity are the opposite in every way. It takes a very active mind with progressive thought patterns to do the work and reflect and then to actively put more love and positive energy out. After someone is further along their path, it is as easy for them to spread love and good vibes as it is for someone in the dark to well–you know.
Instead of a ‘Your Momma is soooo…’ contest, we try to see how much positive energy and love we can spread (even to strangers!) and how quickly we can make that change. It becomes a way of life and intertwined with the fibers of our being!
It sounds easier than it is. Throwing out the mechanism for hate and filling the new void with love is a difficult task but if it weren’t then everybody would be on their own path and actively seeking enlightenment. :D
I think they’re hilarious too. People say some of the most outlandish shit on the internet. I’ve read about and discussed this phenomenon a lot and it has much to do with giving someone anonymity and an audience… A lot of people seize this opportunity to spout their angry opinions or let their ugliest side out.