Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Feel free to comment...

What is it about any website’s ‘comments’ section that brings out the morons?

Ok, let me make a few things clear about that ‘comment’ button:

1) No one cares if you’ve just finished your first semester at college and your professor really ‘opened your eyes’. No one gives a shit about your pseudo-intellectual ramblings where you talk about the socio-political climate of the western world in the comments under ‘dog pees on grandma’ video.

2) If you have something to say, say it clearly and learn how to spell. I’m not being a grammar nazi, but most youtube comments look like a racist scrabble player trying to use the last of his letters.

3) On the internet you will regularly find yourself exposed to people with very different views to your own. This is an opportunity to discuss some important issues, not call a random stranger a ‘ghey fag’ because he said Naruto was shit.

4) There are literally millions of places online where you can air your views in an appropriate setting. Basically, don’t start bitching about global warming or how the moon landing was faked under a blog post about whether Spider-Man could take Batman in a fight.

5) Don’t be abusive just for the hell of it. The worst video on youtube, the worst picture on Flickr or the worst drawing on Deviantart is a million times more worthwhile than your comment saying it was shit. They created something, you didn’t.

6) Believe it or not, reading a Wikipedia article or watching a Discovery special does not make you an expert. Here’s nothing more pathetic that a group of teens arguing “M16 vs. AK47” when no-one involved in the argument has held or used either weapon. Also, having played the entire Call of Duty series doesn’t make you an expert on World War 2 history.

7) Your point of view isn’t automatically correct. Just because you disagree with something doesn’t make it wrong.

8) Remember Godwin’s Law (also known as reductio ad hitlerum). The first person to call his opponent a Nazi, or compare him to one, loses.

9) You aren’t as clever as you think you are, you aren’t as funny as you think you are and when you troll, everyone thinks you’re an asshole, not a comedian.

10) Finally, arguing over the internet is like playing tennis without a ball while wearing assless chaps. It’s pointless, you look stupid and no-one ever wins.

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