Thursday, January 26, 2012
The one single thing I seriously hate about the internet is the loss of a common standard of etiquette, politeness and common decency. I'm not referring to any one incident, but several years of people using the facelessness of the internet to say and do things that they would never do offline, face to face. I'm tired of being hurt, I'm tired of seeing other people hurt, I'm tired of reading news articles followed by comments filled with stuff that normal people do not say in every day life. I'm tired of lies, swearing and lack of kindness. I'm tired of anger.
This contrast is probably even greater to me right now because I'm reading so much historical fiction. Maybe we don't need quite the level of manners required in Jane Austen's day, but I sure wish we practiced more of it online than we do currently.