You know what I hate about the internet? Anonymity. It makes people irresponsible, and turns people into monsters who are unafraid to say hurtful things. The “it’s on the internet so it’s true” phenomena is a logical fallacy in and of itself. While the internet is a blessing to communications, it’s also a curse.
The internet really defines the phrase “lost in translation.” You can never detect someone’s tone via the internet, and you can never tell whether or not someone is joking or not. Moreover, it makes the writer of the comments apathetic to the outcome because they can’t see the reaction of the recipient. Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
And sometimes we are so caught up in our own subjectivity that we look at the world through colored lenses. We judge before we understand, and we conclude before we know.
Is leaving anonymous, hateful messages a way to “express our opinion”?
Sandy Hook Elementary School
Steven’s Institute of Business & Arts
Taft Union High School
Lone Star College
University of Central California
Prince Middle School
2013 Alabama Bunker Crisis
Chicago State University
Osborn High School
…. and the list goes on
These are only SOME of the shootings that happened in the last nine months. SOME.
2013 alone, there have been 9 school shootings. NINE in FOUR months. That’s an average of 2.25 shootings a month. Just yesterday, the Senate failed to overturn the call for a filibuster, effectively tabling the gun legislation. Today, a cop died because of an active shooting at MIT. The city has been on high alert since Monday.
Shame on you, Senate. SHAME ON YOU.
Shame on you for failing to represent the Americans who voted you into office. SHAME ON YOU for failing to recognize the lives you are endangering. SHAME ON YOU for failing the American people.
I wonder how the 46 of you who voted NEY for ending the filibuster can sleep at night.