I like surfing the web. I love seeing some good funny clips, looking at “behind the scenes” sports info, and reading other people’s blogs*. One of my favorite parts of reading anything on the interwebz is the part where other readers can leave a comment. For me reading the comments is pretty fun. I get to see what people were able to gather from what they just read or saw, or how they REALLY feel about a subject.
With the interweb granting commenters anonymity, that whole “”how they REALLY feel” is much more evident. I could just be kinda slow, but it seems to me that there is still an oddly high level of HATE in the U.S. I say “oddly” because many of the hateful comments are things that would not be said in the company of the object of one’s hate. I have been following a few satirical blogs about race.
Here are a few of them:
Amidst the comments of praise, there are comments from people who completely didn’t understand that the large sweeping generalizations are supposed to be satire.
Here’s what satire means: human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, ideally with an intent to bring about improvement.
By reading some of the comments, this satire was completely lost on some readers. Satire aside, some of the comments are just plain ignorant and hateful. With the interwebz bringing people from different backgrounds together on many of the same sites, one would think that understanding of an individual apart from their racial stereotype would be much easier. Once again, looking at the comments in any blog about race will tell you otherwise.
I had a direction when I started typing this, but I have gone astray…… Well, I’ll finish with a question for you (yes, you reading this right now).
Have the comments made in any section of a website changed what you thought about a group of people(economic, racial, lifestyle ect…)?