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Why Ditching Online Scumbags Isn’t The Same As Making An Echo Chamber

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I received a Facebook message from this young man earlier today. My answer to it is below.

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Dear XXXXX,

I have no desire to have a conversation to attempt to talk and reason with anyone who’s first response to anything they don’t like is to type in all caps and starting calling people vile names (e.g nasty ones like cunt, shithead, dickhead, pussy, faggot, etc.). Asking rational people to humor these people with a conversation is like asking somebody to wrestle a dufflebag filled to the brim with dogshit just to see who’ll win.

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It’s useless, gross and a waste of time.

I don’t believe these people are majority of the people who voted for Donald Trump. I’m friends with way more people in real life that voted for Donald Trump than who have made mean or angry comments on my page in the page six months.

I just have no desire to talk to or attempt to entertain the vociferous minority of truly dumb, angry and hateful people out there who just want to fight online.

As far as an echo chamber is concerned, I think of my personal FB as a squad of my friends. Far-off internet friends, most of whom I’ll never meet in person. But, friends I take along for the ride that is my life and my experiences on this planet as I interpret them.

That being said, I’m sure you have a group of close friends that you hang out with in real life. And I’m doubtful that any members are of that group are loud, crazy, angry racist dickheads that start yelling and screaming at people at the first sign of disagreement or provocation.

Now, just because you don’t have one of these people in your group, are you actively seeking out somebody like this to add to your inner circle of friends to even things out so that you’re not living in a echo chamber?

Probably not. Nobody does that. Because these kinds of people toxic idiots and nobody wants to hang out with them.

And that’s how I feel about my personal FB page.

No uber dickheads are invited to ride along in my car to the movies, the super fun park, or to get groceries. Only people who aren’t maniac assholes. Or, ones that can at least behave themselves and treat my other friends with civility.

Thanks for the message. Hope this answers your question.

I wish you the best of luck and much success in the new year.

— Dan

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