Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What Is Wrong With People?

Call this today's pet peeve, if you will, but seriously, what is wrong with people? Have you ever read the comments after a youtube video? Or the blog comments after a news article? Have you seen a one that hasn't gotten heated and ugly?

Even the simplest, most non-controversial of video's, statements, and articles create serious contention. I'll show you what I mean in a second. But first, why?

Are people really bored? Do people think they can get away with saying whatever they want because there's a certain level of anonymity? Are we more contentious nowadays? Or is it all of the above?

Whatever it is, it's totally annoying.

Let's start with youtube, shall we? Let's pick a video at random. Rest assured, I won't have to flip through the comments to find a nasty, ugly comment directed at someone else.

Okay, the Coconut Carrying Octopus. This should be a completely harmless video, right?

Comments not too far down the page:

"@oldmcdonough You're a TOOL and your parents USED to molest you. "

"whatever duude "

"haha what a retard "

And the cream of the crop:

"this is not tool use, this is being camera shy. now leave the f---- thing alone and it will stop hiding inside coconuts."

The F word was sooo needed there. Don't you think?

Okay, now I'm going to pick a seemingly harmless news article off the MSNBC home page:

Using Phone While Walking Perilous For Seniors.

And here we go with the weird comments:

"Ya and people who dry their hair with an electric dryer while doing the dishes are more likely to get electricuted. So what! They're all stupid. "

"Being old is perilous for seniors. Hey, let's pass a law, that way we can fine their a-- when we catch them walking around talking on their phones and it will help pay for Medicare. "


oh yeah, NO @!$%# SHERLOCK!"

Do people sit around at work talking like this? Or do just trashy people leave comments?


WhettenWild said...

It has to be people who have nothing better to do. That's all I can figure.

I do have to say though, in my opinion, one of the bad things about the internet is that people will say things that they wouldn't say to someone's face. They are rude, they brag more etc.

Rachel said...

I totally agree with you. I often read the comments on ksl news stories and everytime I just get mad because of what jerks there are. So I have to just resist the urge to hit the view comments and on youtube videos I won't even look under the video.

Trina said...

Our local paper finally had to drop the comment forums because of the embarrassing and incessant bickering over every single story. It's too bad, because it drowns out any insightful conversation that could be happening and makes online forums pointless at best.

chris w said...

I agree. Those comment sections have become completely useless because it always deteriorates into that type of profanity/hate.

dena4kids said...

I have always said, it is one thing to let a swear word loose here and there when you are talking, but it is tr-a-shy to actually sit there and type it out. I don't know I just think it shows their lower intelligence.