I am simply amazed at the lack of decorum some have shown recently on blogs and on bulletin boards that I frequent. The fact that it is becoming commonplace to go well beyond ‘constructive criticism’ and get downright nasty is just a sign of how far this medium still has to go . . .
I’m a true believer in free speech and have been for quite some time, having been in a nice tussle in high school over an underground newspaper a few of us put together – and had the ACLU come to our defense to try to keep publishing it . . .
But free speech without boundaries simply causes chaos. And many feel that there is a sense of ‘anonymity’ on the web and therefore can say whatever comes to their mind – no matter how hurtful and potentially slanderous it may be . . .
Where, might you ask, am I seeing this behavior? No, not on political blogs and bulletin boards where one might think that tempers would flare and people would be at each other’s throats. No, this behavior is taking place on wine blogs and boards – windbreaker and erobertparker to name just two.
This type of behavior simply makes me want to stop frequenting those boards and taking part in the discussion. It’s sad because I really do enjoy the give and take of many of the discussions that take place, but all it takes is one or two folks, and one or two discussions, to sour the whole vibe. . . .
I’m hoping this is a temporary ‘thing’ but I’m not so sure . . .
Have you also seen an uptick in rude web behavior in the past few months? Share your thoughts and comments please.