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Date Posted: 10:19:47 03/02/20 Mon
In reply to:
's message, "Imagine Question For 3/1" on 03:51:10 03/02/20 Mon
Not sure if I understood the question right. But....
I think people might be hyper aware of causing offence, or being misinterpreted. On social media now, if a joke is taken the wrong way, or you even make an indication about your politics or whatnot, some mobs will come for you with pitchforks. And they don't just tell you to "go fuck yourself," and be done with it. Some of them take it as their one and only mission to ruin your life anyway they can, online and irl.
I'm firmly on the left, but I have had it from both sides. I got blocked, which made me laugh, by someone who was at the time following me on twitter. And we have very similar views, we even agreed on the subject he blocked me over. But he misinterpreted a comment I made and immediately blocked me. Didn't even ask me or challenge me, to see if he understood my comment right.
And of course I have been blocked and trolled by the MAGA crowd too. So it's every sort of group. It seems like people are just searching to be a victim or offended.
And there are genuine things to be victimized or offended by, but much of it is an overreaction online, and sometimes offline too.
And other people are maybe worried about being taken out of context and looking bad. So they hesitate to give their opinion. And sometimes they want to just express a view without being jumped on. Because every time you make a comment online these days, you know someone's going to contradict everything you had to say in a reply. :P
(and hey, I am guilty of doing that. I am opinionated, but I always try to make sure they don't think I am attacking them, rather than just disagreeing).
'If someone were to attempt to take your voice AWAY from you, you'd probably be outraged and you'd fight tooth and nail to shout your feelings and opinions from the highest mountain top! And yet...when given the opportunity to comment on something without restriction or censorship...you hesitate. Why?'
I think knowing that you have a right to express a point of view, doesn't mean you always want to express it. It's just reassuring to know you have that right. It's like the difference in being bald naturally, without a choice, and choosing to shave your head. I lost my hair, which I hate. But if I still had a full head of hair, I would probably keep it shaved anyway. It's the fact that I have no choice which really bums me out.
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