Am I the only one getting weary of reading snarky, cutting, mean comments online? From blog posts that mock anyone of opposing opinions to the barrage of bile that erupts in the wake of controversial Facebook/Twitter remarks … it’s disheartening. Through FB, Twitter, and blog feeds, I follow a number of industry folks like Nick Mamatas, John Scalzi, Anne R. Allen, Steven Savage, and many many more. Increasingly, though, I feel disinclined to read the latest array of tweets and status updates and posts–and please note that I am not calling out anyone in specific. I don’t want to sidetrack into a discussion of personalities. I love reading them all; each one is thought provoking and interesting and intelligent in their own unique and fantastic way. I have no intention of unfriending or ceasing to follow anyone.
I just feel so depressed after going through my social media scan–Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and so on. It seems as though there is a preponderance of snark happening lately. It’s apparently not enough to disagree with someone, it’s not enough to have a civil, intelligent debate. I’m seeing a superior, you’re a fucking idiot undertone cropping up, even from folks who really ought to know better. And that attitude flat out sours any interest I have in joining the discussion in question.
Can we all agree, in the interests of the season–which, no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, ought to revolve around concepts like peace and goodwill–to back off the snark for a couple of weeks? Pick it up again Jan 2, if you like. But let’s bring civility back into our debates and disagreements.
Just for a little while.