Believe there are two sides to every story? It would appear not and online comments seem to support the theory advanced by my friend Mary Margaret, “There is my side and the wrong side”.
I read online comments on a variety of sites to see what other people are thinking. I thought I would find an enlightened exchange of ideas. I was wrong.
Initial comments posted in response to a political situation usually offer a reasonable explanation from a different point of view. After the first few posts, the opinions descend to a level that present evidence of an alarming lack of gray matter. Some are creepy.
The same is true for comments posted to our local newspaper. One fellow in particular can be depended on to launch a diatribe against the columnist, labeling one “left-wing Lily” and the others left wing liberals. His comments are always hateful personal attacks and fail to present a rational explanation for his point of view. He is so offensive I would not allow this person to breed.
Even worse his comments lead uninformed observers to believe he is representative of Texans. Those who claim Texans set some sort of record as ignorant illiterates need go no further than the internet to discover otherwise. Online comments on other sites confirmed our local hater has tons of kindred spirits nationwide.
Many of these rants conjure a picture of some nut living in an underground bunker, surrounded by bullets, camouflage and freeze dried food hacking out manifestos between swigs of moonshine. Surprisingly, religious post contain the most inflammatory and unforgiving comments.
I’ve tried to determine a reason for this type of behavior. Could it be we are modeling political talk shows, reality television and congress?