Journal Entry: Wed Jun 22, 2016, 8:35 AM
Listening to: Losing My Mind (11th Fanger Edition)
Reading: Harvey Comics
Watching: Transylvania Television
Over the years I've seen the Internet grow and, yet, devolve before my eyes. Recently found out a DeviantArt associate was keeping his Facebook Page open, but was probably no longer wanting to use his page. About several years ago, if many of you had recalled, I had some issues with MySpace, due to a jerk calling himself Fangdarius -- Henry Gail.. in reality it was Kris and Darrell.. who basically thought it would be better to pull a prank on my online, rather than discuss our personal disputes outside in the real world.
On more recent Facebook-related note: I made a comment on my FB Friend's Anthony's page about something he posted about the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action movie. Regrettably, a jerk named Charlton decided he wanted to call me out and make it sound as if his opinion was FAR superior than mine and simply did not want to listen to my viewpoint. Even worse, kept harping on a mistake I had made about a Marvel Comics character, acting like an egotistical, loud-mouth brat than anything else.
Rather than get into it with him, I simply pulled down my comments out of respect to Anthony. Whereas when Charlton chided I couldn't stand being wrong about the situation, I stated that I couldn't stand someone having to act like a spoiled brat just to prove they're damn right 24/7, rather than listen to one's perspective. Afterwards, I blocked him and turned off the notifications. Which, in turn, enraged him because it ultimately gave me the last word on the matter.
Now, when Kris and Darrell were acting like pudhballs to me online, did I blame MySpace? No. When Charlton was acting like a complete, bratty douche did I suddenly stop using Facebook? No. Because in truth it's not social media that's the problem, but in fact, some people have this misconception they can do and say anything, regardless of pending consequences online because social media enables them to use an alias than their own name. And even those who do use their own identity on these sites still act as if they can behave in any fashion. But I do I let it bother me? Not really, because in the end, others who know them personally realize they have to live with themselves, whereas I do not.
The thing is, let people grouse and complain on these sites, let them act the way they want because deep down, they can't really hurt you. They may bully you (which, isn't cool in my book, BTW) and be cruel beyond the limitations of humanity, but they can't keep you from sharing your perspectives and ideas online.
For the most part, my life doesn't revolve around social media, and it really shouldn't with yours. If someone gets into with you, just take a deep breath and ignore them, because in the end, they have to deal with themselves and their actions, while as I aforementioned, you do not.
Just something to think about.