There’s a chance I may be alone in this, but I have a sinking suspicion that I’m not. I’m starting to get tired of the web; internet fatigue if you need a fancier name.
Not the content, mind you, I still ingest that as quickly as possible. It’s how we interact with each other that’s weighing on my mind. I don’t care for it.
Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the other hundred services I’m not hip enough to know about, we are all more connected now than we have ever been before. Yet somehow, it feels like the exact opposite.
Facebook and twitter may be the most convenient ways for us to communicate with each other but they are far from the most effective.
To expand on that point further, I despise anonymity on the web. Some folks will tell you that it’s the epitome of freedom, that it gives you the right to say whatever you like, to whoever you choose.
Just because you can do a thing, doesn’t mean you should.
To me, being anonymous on the web is akin to wearing a mask. Only cowards (and Batman) wear masks. You want your opinion, your thoughts to mean something? Then you say them, not kfclover8473.
How people treat each other online disgusts me, I can’t say it any stronger than that.
We have a million ways to talk to one another now, yet we’re losing our ability to connect, to converse, to have meaningful conversation.
I don’t know how to fix this, how to change the course for ours and the following generations, but I’m going to create a very simple rule for myself that you’re free to use as your own.
The Sohmer Rule:
Don’t Type Anything Online That You Wouldn’t Say to Someone’s Face.
And maybe, just maybe, the web will be what it should be, not what it could be.
-Because I Can.
Quote of the Day
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
- Dalai Lama