Monday, August 8, 2011

What I hate about blog comments

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.  ~Henry L. Doherty

Whenever I write a blog post, I place links to it on Twitter and Facebook and all the usual suspects. I imagine that all other bloggers do the same. Sometimes, though, placing links on Facebook can be a real exercise in Zen Buddhism (er, I mean, in learning patience).
I can often place a short comment about a controversial subject on Facebook with a link to my blog concerning the subject. If it is a dicey subject that many people will have opinions on, then I will get many opinions....

That's great. Unfortunately, the purpose of the link is to get people to go to the article or post and read it before they comment. Many will just comment without reading.

It really dumbfounds me that so many people will make ignorant comments on Facebook concerning some subject without at least having the courtesy of taking a few moments to look over the material! .....

I mean, seriously folks, when a link is provided that gives information then shouldn't a reader at least have the courtesy to the writer (and the other readers on Facebook) to have at least read the material before giving a comment? Isn't that just common courtesy to everyone?

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.  ~Mark Twain
Shouldn't we all at least deserve to read intelligent opinions when someone writes? Or are we all to tolerate stereotypes and ancient ideas that these people have held since they were kids? I'd hope that, as we get older, we study more and get smarter. It seems too many people don't want to read and think that, without further study, they have all the answers. 

I knew a guy who, at 40, would got really pissy at work to everyone when the Tokyo Giants baseball team would lose. Whenever the Giants lost, he'd come to work in a surly mood. Really. I'm not making this up.

One day, I got irritated at him for such and complained to him about it. He said, "But you don't understand, Mike. I've been a hard core Giants fans since 3rd grade!" 

To which I replied, "Oh? So what you are saying is that at 40-years-old, you still think and act like an 8-year-old?"

That shut him up really quick.

It's a sad day when an adult doesn't take time every once in a while to consider the way they think and act. It's pathetic when an adult decides that s/he already knows all the facets of an issue and that learning or hearing contrary views is no longer necessary.....

People have two ears and one mouth, but they continually strive to use that one mouth twice as much (more?) than their ears.

I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.  ~Eartha Kitt
I've already commented many times about the sorry state of today's society adult population not reading books...

What's the difference between some illiterate native living in the mountains of Afghanistan who cannot read and a westerner who can read, but doesn't? Nothing. Neither of them read.

Or am I just being an old grouch again to expect that people read or to have an educated opinion before they torture the rest of us with their nonsense?


Anonymous said...

I don't think you're being an old grouch, of course, I read a lot so maybe I don't count?

I really liked this bit:

"What's the difference between some illiterate native living in the mountains of Afghanistan who cannot read and a westerner who can read, but doesn't? Nothing."

I'm surrounded by non-readers and they won't wake up.

- clark

diego.a said...

My lame attempt to cheer you up:

There are benefits to people not reading. Ralph Raico had to stop assigning the Communist Manifesto as a reading assignment because too many of his students would start agreeing with it. Most people may be functionally illiterate, but at least they're not Ivy League commies who read books on how to start global revolution ;-)

Example: Neo-cons reading Trotsky.

Therefore, if you ever get cornered by know-it-alls, just change the topic to American Idol or the latest Tiger Woods affair. Better they watch TV than do something dangerous, like reading a book that agrees with them.

Zanchito said...

If Facebook commenters anger you, you really should try YouTube for new heights of unburdened emotion. What scares me is that those people can vote and are allowed to raise children.

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