Commenting has become a contact sport on the Internet. It’s a no holds barred zone and one that constantly amuses, intrigues and befuddles.
I used to think of the verb to comment as a context word when reading literature (ex: “I really don’t like the color with your skin tone, it makes you look pasty,” Olivia made the backhand comment like she was discussing the weather instead of the prom dress I designed and sewed myself.)
First, commenting on social media pages in the forms of status updates actually have gone so far as to lose people jobs. I read a statistic that said something like 93% of recruiters search social media pages for potential applicants. Here’s a compiled list of 17 people who lost their jobs due to social media: Facebook Firings.
If you live in the US, you are probably aware the Supreme Court decided gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states. Of course, this hasn’t stopped the raging debate: business owners’ beliefs vs. gay and lesbian consumers. A bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. When Rachel came home in tears, Laurel jumped on her phone intending to leave a comment on the BBB website (Better Business Bureau). However, she left a comment on the Oregon Justice Department website. The couple stated that they only wanted an apology, but the one comment snowballed and they were awarded $135,000. One comment. To read about this story: Comment Causes Fine.
There was another movie theater shooting. This time in Louisiana. He committed suicide when cornered by the cops. His online life is the source of major speculation. Apparently, in addition to being bat-shit insane, he was a “liberal” commenter. There’s no doubt he was popular on certain areas of the internet; I’m going to go ahead and predict the Westboro Baptist Church was among his supporters. I have no doubt the police will uncover a dark corner of the internet where this man discussed his plan and was encouraged. Of course, his comments did not lead directly to these senseless actions and I would never suggest that. He was a coward who found a platform online through social media. Here’s his story: Crazy Killer Uses Social Media
And of course, I’ve taken notice lately of the comment sections practically everywhere. Personally I think it’s awesome to see what other people think all over the world! It’s beyond amazing. Commenters link in through their social media or just create a profile for that particular site. I’m a horrible person so I absolutely LOVE all the snarky comments. As I’ve perused the web, I’ve noticed the best (and most snarky) comments usually are attached to the articles that are about celebrities. I’m assured that I am not alone in my amusement by this fantastic segment on Jimmy Kimmel’s Show: Mean Tweets. If you haven’t by chance see this, I suggest you YouTube it immediately! What a riot! Mean tweets involve celebrities reading the mean things tweeted about them. Hilarious. And of course it’s two-fold Funny. Seeing these famous people read these tweets and react to them is great on its own. But underneath of course is the absurdity of this. Why in the world would these people care what some random tweeter has to say? I kind of have that opinion on all the articles where I see loads of comments. Why comment at all? Why respond to said comment? Now that I’ve been paying attention, the comment section can get hardcore really fast. Arguments break out, gratuitous profanity is used. For what purpose? Why do you want to leave your digital mark on something and then bitterly argue when someone who lives on a different continent than you? Even if the article involves you personally or your expertise, you wouldn’t be able to comment on every site where the article appears, so that means your comment won’t get through to everyone reading the article. I’ve never felt compelled to leave a comment after reading something online, but it’s a very popular thing to do if my quick research is any indication. Check out the mean tweets:
I’ve been called cynical a time or two… That being said, social media and commenting in general isn’t always bad. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve teared up when reading an article about a post or a site or someone’s story going viral and the community (in this case the world) rallying around for support. Here’s a great one: Birthday Invite Goes Viral. Social media, for all the bad, can be really good too. Here’s another one I loved reading: Birthday Invite Goes Viral for Young Lady. Of course, there are the horror stories when viral invitations cause a police visit and upset neighbors. I purposefully stayed away from this and from cyber-bullying… More during another post.
Now, before I end this post, I have to acknowledge that blogging is a form of commenting. First, I love comments. When I started this blog, my boyfriend kind of just shrugged and reminded me that there are a million of blogs and mine wouldn’t be advertised anywhere. I told him that I wanted to write just for me. So I created randothoughtsfromme.wordpress.com in April. I started posting last week. Since then, I’ve had a couple of people actually comment on a post. Today, I figured out how to respond. These comments were comprehensive and personal, which I thought was phenomenally cool! I still have no idea how anyone would find this blog (I guess random chance). I’ve done a little random searching of my own, but there is just so many. So thank you to Brittius and hellitemagazine. I’m tech savvy, but not a social media user and not a commenter. The whole hashtag thing still alludes me, I’ve never sent a tweet, and I don’t bother keeping up with the latest platforms like Tumblr or Snapchat… I’m amazed that I got 24 views yesterday! I write for me, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy looking at the stats page and conversing Brittius and hellitemagazine.