Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Beauty (and Ugliness) of Blogging




I am a novice Blogger. I have read Beautiful, personal stories on blogs, Fun blogs, and Entertaining
blogs. Before I started posting, I didn’t really understand the freedom that Blogging allows – you may sometimes say things that you may not say to someone in person. Although you learn something about the individuals you communicate with, blogging still contains a level of anonymity unless you already personally know the other participants.

Other, provocative blogs naturally incite animated streams of conversation. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the level of Anger and Hate. I am referring to not the Blog owners themselves, but the people who post in response – I have seen incensed, excessive, expletive-laden rants resorting to petty name-calling when an opinion different than their own is posted. I always think the best of people until I have a reason not to. I’ve seen repeated hateful posts from some bloggers that lead me to believe that these individuals ARE incensed individuals who are intolerant, and filled with hate in their daily lives.

Our country allows us our Freedom of Speech, and it is a wonderful, magical thing and not to be taken for granted. Without, there would be no blogging. Fortunately for me, this freedom also allows me the choice to not read posts from people I find offensive.

7 comments:

Wyatt Earp said...

"Entertaining?" SYLG? Are you drunk at 6am??? :)

Mrs Grim said...

What is entertaining to me is this: it is sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes humorous, sometimes personal. Together, that combination to me is entertaining - Webster's defines it as 'agreeably diverting'. I don't find your posts or participants offensive. I enjoy it. Maybe not a word everyone would choose.

skywriter said...

I agree with Mrs. G. See Wyatt - your fan club is just getting bigger and bigger.

Wyatt Earp said...

Thanks, ladies! I appreciate the kind words.

miriam said...

That's why I enable blog moderation.

Jeffro said...

You have freedom of speech on your blog, but commenters do not. This is your house, as it were, and not a free public forum. We are here at your invitation, and good manners require that commenters remember that.

Nice blog, btw!

Mrs Grim said...

Jeffro, well put, thanks!