Thursday, June 24, 2010

Faith in humanity: dropping

You'd think that today would be a good day for any female in Australia, regardless of her personal politics, because our first ever female Prime Minister has taken the stand (grumble grumble it's about time). But today, I'm feeling kind of down on humanity.

It's the news websites that did it, the ones that allow people to post anonymous comments about an article. Why do I even look? There lurk the dregs of humanity, the psychopathic miscreants who get pleasure from other people's pain. The pathetic little worms who want only to stir up trouble like a naughty six year old with a stick and a bull-ant nest. The fanatics who want nothing more than to clobber their beliefs into others heads (preferably, I'm sure, with a spiked mace).

The thing that gets to me is this - these maggots on the backside of humanity probably don't even have so much as an outstanding parking fine in their name. Just like you and me they're regular bored people with an ADSL connection and far too much time on their hands. Why, then, why do they write such spiteful and hateful things? I'd be willing to bet most wouldn't dare open their mouths and spew such hatred in company. What is it about the anonymity of a comments box that brings out the arsehole in so many?

What is it about this lack of accountability that tempts the nastiest of trolls? Perversely, I have a lot more respect for people who'll say such horrendous things in public, where they're accountable for their actions. The Mayor of this town is in hot water for not "giving a damn" whether or not 56 young asylum seekers have access to free soccer facilities, but she said it publicly and signed her name to it. She's accountable and she knows it, and while I don't agree with everything she said, I respect her ability to say it loud and proud and cope with the backlash.

And with every anonymous comment left on the news article quoting her, I admire her more. Grow up, commentards, and sign your name or shut up! I say down with anonymous commenting on news websites.

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