Ten Wildebeests in a Teacup (johnboze) wrote,
Ten Wildebeests in a Teacup

Take a ramble with me...

It's odd how the internet can, at two nearly simultaneous moments, be confusingly unemotional and a portal into deeper feelings.

We all know by now that it can be very easy to mistake someone's feelings online. If you forget to use a emoticon in chat following a particularly snide loke you can get a pretty tense situation. And in a pretty tense situation you can pat a buddy on the back or give a girl a hug and say, "hey we're sitll cool, its going to be fine, its all just a bit confused...

At the same time, people feel freer to post what they really think. There is less consequence for shooting off your mouth about the crap at work, the guy on the bus, or even that camgirl that might be a bit of an annoyance. It can be liberating, and it can get trouble started in a real hurry. And in LJ, the trouble is compounded by the fact that LJ is a personal journal, but one that can often be read by thousands of people, if they so choose...

Conclusions? I frankly don't have any at this point... I geuss the only thing I can say is be careful out there, and do your best to give every last netizen the benefit of the doubt a few times before trying to decide what they really think...
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