Civility in the Age of Social Media

Civility in the Age of Social Media

By: Charles J. Isreal

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I was born in 1981, in a little town in New Jersey. As long as I can remember, we always had computers. One of my first memories, was when one of the other parents from school upset my family. My dad plugged in the modem for the computer, and wrote a program. He set up the computer to call their house every 5 seconds and hang up. That computer ran the program all day long. It must have been quite amusing for him. I imagine it wasn’t so amusing for the people that were getting the phone calls all day.A couple years later, bulletin boards came around. By that time, I was probably 13 years old. I remember sitting there,in front of the computer screen, waiting for tens of minutes for a simple nudie pic to pop up. The internet sure was slow back then, but man was it cool!

These days things are a lot different. You can download an entire porn in seconds, with the snap your fingers. You can find women to hook up with casually and for nothing other than pure degeneracy. You can find that hookup on a magical device that fits in the palm of your hand. That device, a smartphone, links you to the rest of the world without the slightest hesitation.Everything is available at the drop of a hat. Need some clothes? Order online…next day shipping. Need a whore? There are sites for that. What an amazing world we live in.

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Technology is a wonderful thing. Its not just for degenerate behavior though. I have friends all over this world, and throughsocial media I am able to keep track of them, speak with them and see how they're lives are going, without having to spend too much money on phone calls. I can see them without having to travel across the world. I may not have seen my friends in a few years, but I know what's going on with them, and that's a wonderful thing. Oh, and the family photos. Man, that’s one of the best parts. I love being able to watch my nieces and nephews grow up. It used to be hard om families as people moved away, but now we can keep close. These are things that we are truly blessed by.

However, with great things come downfalls. Not having live interactions with people can and does cause a disconnect with reality, and consequences ensue. In the days before social media, we actually interacted with people live, and in person. If you said something shitty, rude, or disrespectful, you risked being popped in the mouth!These days, you can even insult and harass people anonymously. It’s child’s play to create social media accounts under false names, using fake pictures and other information. No more do you have to worry about the consequences of your actions. Now, accountability is dying.

That brings me to the point of this piece. When we have disagreement, instead of rational discussion, we tend to get a lot more brutal. Without the fear of being hit, we go off the rails and say things that would never have been said in person.When we shitpostand troll on Facebook, It tends to be disregarded that there is an actual person on the other end of that screen. This is causing a severe disconnect from reality, and is most certainly less than civil, gentlemanly behavior.

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The internet has become a vast playground of dank memery, trolling, and shitposting. We have become so disconnected from live human interaction, that even our language is taking a hit. Everything is shortened to text speak. Hell, we even stopped typing messages and start creating pictures with a few words on them. These are called memes, and they are mainly used to harass and lampoon. We have gotten to the point where we can insult someone without even having to say anything. While all this is quite entertaining, it can also really hurt relationships.

It’s too late to go back. The internet isn’t going anywhere, and we wouldn’t want it to. It’s a magical thing, and makes all our lives better. I do think, however, that we should try and think about this a little bit. When you get into a place of disagreement with someone, and before you go running your mouth on a keyboard, ask yourself if you would do this in person. When you start to make that troll post or hurtful meme, ask yourself that same question. Remember, there is a real live human on the other end. Unless it’s a commie, let’s try and be civil with each other. If it is a commie you’re after, then disregard. After all, they aren’t real humans anyway.

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