Point of View
Commentary On The Internet
By LaDale Anderson
Oct 11, 2012 - 1:01:14 PM

UNITED STATES—There is something alarming happening to our society and I’ve noticed this trend over the past few months.  We have taken our right to have freedom of speech to new lengths, especially when it comes to the Internet.  The First Amendment allows people to have the right to voice their opinions or concerns without being persecuted for them.  There is just one tiny problem with Freedom of Speech; you don’t always have the right to voice your opinions.  For example, if a person slanders a person (tarnishing their character) they can be sued.  The same applies for libel (when you print something that is not accurate).  It happens more often than we’d like to imagine.

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My issue is not with people ruining others reputations; it’s with people’s lack of compassion.  With the Internet, we as a nation take the idea of voicing our opinions to new heights, heights that are sometimes unbelievable to fathom.  People will say some of the nastiest and outright hurtful things through the use of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other online sites.  I used to visit a site daily (I won’t name names), but I choose to stop going to the site because of the comments that were left by people.  Some people would literally sit at their computer and wait for someone to respond to a stupid comment they made and then forge a full-blown argument online. Who does that?  Do you have a life?  Why are you sitting at a computer arguing with someone over a stupid comment anyone there are so many other important issues happening in the world?

 

Just because we have the right to let our voice be heard, does not mean we should implement targets against people and engage in pointless banter because we have the right to do so.  It literally boils my blood when people comment about things that they are not even interested in to begin with.  Why in the world are you on a blog for people who are fans of “True Blood” if you’re not a “True Blood” fan to begin with? 

 

By now everyone is aware of the news reporter who received an email from a viewer who was targeting her weight.  My first instinct was what makes you think you have the right to judge someone else?  Second, if you are appalled by this reporter why in the world are you watching the show?  Third, how dare you attempt to humiliate someone else for your own expense?  The person who sent that email should be ashamed; it was vicious in tone and a pathetic cry for attention.

 

There are some places in the world where people are crucified for voicing their opinion, yet here in America people take that right and simply write what they want without any thought of consequences.  There seems to be this idea that because it’s done over the Internet, it’s less harmful.  If anything its more harmful because it spreads like a plague. Its time for America to unite and realize that we will no longer tolerate this despicable behavior; besides what message are we sending to our youth if we have adults teasing people and making stupid comments through the use of social media.  The only message we’re sending is that it’s okay to engage in this behavior and as a human being that is not acceptable.



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