Priorities Mixed Up–Isn't Insulting Someone Worse than Being a Bad Speller

Changed Priorities Ahead

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I’ve noticed this odd blog phenomenon.  Someone will comment on a post–ranting and raving–spewing vitriol at another person.  Then after entering their comment, they will notice some little misspelling and write a polite second comment correcting their mistake.

Like being rude is okay but making a spelling mistake isn’t?

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  • I suspect the ranter is afraid critics will pick apart the grammar in his rant, distracting attention away from the meaty substance of his incoherent rambling. Meanwhile, the ranter picks apart his opponents’ comments for the same non-substantive issues. He knows what he would do to attack himself, so he defends against it.

    Personally, I’d delete the comment and ask the person to repost it, minus personal insults. People fall in line pretty quick when they realize they won’t be allowed to behave like children.

  • I suspect the ranter is afraid critics will pick apart the grammar in his rant, distracting attention away from the meaty substance of his incoherent rambling. Meanwhile, the ranter picks apart his opponents’ comments for the same non-substantive issues. He knows what he would do to attack himself, so he defends against it.

    Personally, I’d delete the comment and ask the person to repost it, minus personal insults. People fall in line pretty quick when they realize they won’t be allowed to behave like children.

  • My whole life growing up, the wise elders told me not to take anything on TV seriously. Same goes for the internet. I don’t believe in catering to the lowest common denominator, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” (’nuff said, really). There might be something important in what an idiot is saying…and who am I to say why the person is that way. We’d probably go crazy without exposure to real people like that…placing way too much importance on our own “normal” extremes of behavior. There is always your choice not to look at this shlock…we’re staring at the most massive propaganda box in history.

    I believe (hope) within ten years we’ll see things like “kill your internet” bumper stickers, and the third generation born under the net will definitely be made aware of the comparative idiosyncracies between their parents and grandparents to those before the world was online.

    • My bad I meant to type “this will put an end to all y’all’s bootsie ass backyard boogie, bobby brown, boo boo bammer” not “boo boo beamer”

  • My whole life growing up, the wise elders told me not to take anything on TV seriously. Same goes for the internet. I don’t believe in catering to the lowest common denominator, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” (’nuff said, really). There might be something important in what an idiot is saying…and who am I to say why the person is that way. We’d probably go crazy without exposure to real people like that…placing way too much importance on our own “normal” extremes of behavior. There is always your choice not to look at this shlock…we’re staring at the most massive propaganda box in history.

    I believe (hope) within ten years we’ll see things like “kill your internet” bumper stickers, and the third generation born under the net will definitely be made aware of the comparative idiosyncracies between their parents and grandparents to those before the world was online.

    • My bad I meant to type “this will put an end to all y’all’s bootsie ass backyard boogie, bobby brown, boo boo bammer” not “boo boo beamer”

  • A bumper sticker reading “unplug” would cover a number of issues.

  • A bumper sticker reading “unplug” would cover a number of issues.

  • Unplug—Wow, what a foreign thought. “Kill your internet” …Argh, how would I survive with out my morning blog slog?

  • Unplug—Wow, what a foreign thought. “Kill your internet” …Argh, how would I survive with out my morning blog slog?

  • Oh I love the internet, it has given far more than it has taken away.
    I would really be ‘lost’ without it, but of course I could adapt if i had too, just don’t want to do that!

    That said, like all things digital, TV, Radio, internet, phones!, sometimes doing as Michael Franti says, and just putting down the remote control is a a good thing to do.

    Blogs / forums / chat give people a place to speak .. you don’t have to read, listen or agree.
    Take what you like and leave the rest.

  • Oh I love the internet, it has given far more than it has taken away.
    I would really be ‘lost’ without it, but of course I could adapt if i had too, just don’t want to do that!

    That said, like all things digital, TV, Radio, internet, phones!, sometimes doing as Michael Franti says, and just putting down the remote control is a a good thing to do.

    Blogs / forums / chat give people a place to speak .. you don’t have to read, listen or agree.
    Take what you like and leave the rest.

  • Kym, As someone that has received more than his share of personalized ad hominem vitriol I’d like to point out that whenever the messenger is attacked by “rude” people, it’s done so to change the subject. They try to make the person the issue rather than what they say. It’s much harder to defend yourself than it is to defend what you said even when it’s public. I tried to get around that problem by blogging as Joe Blow reporting simple observations and staying away from personalized opinions, but if you’ve followed my Report for the past year or so you can see I wasn’t very successful. Some people, unfortunately, have NOT matured enough to know that what they think, believe or what they say is NOT them. They are incapable of separating “WHO” they are from “WHAT” they are, which may or may not be a mental illness as well. Interestingly, you can learn a lot about such people, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to accept that kind of behavior or go along with it. It’s hard to keep such standard high, though. My way is to boycott such people. I never recognize them or their behavior by saying something to them in the comment section. You know, it’s like coming to my home, you’re always welcome. Just be decent or don’t come back. It’s their choice.

  • Kym, As someone that has received more than his share of personalized ad hominem vitriol I’d like to point out that whenever the messenger is attacked by “rude” people, it’s done so to change the subject. They try to make the person the issue rather than what they say. It’s much harder to defend yourself than it is to defend what you said even when it’s public. I tried to get around that problem by blogging as Joe Blow reporting simple observations and staying away from personalized opinions, but if you’ve followed my Report for the past year or so you can see I wasn’t very successful. Some people, unfortunately, have NOT matured enough to know that what they think, believe or what they say is NOT them. They are incapable of separating “WHO” they are from “WHAT” they are, which may or may not be a mental illness as well. Interestingly, you can learn a lot about such people, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to accept that kind of behavior or go along with it. It’s hard to keep such standard high, though. My way is to boycott such people. I never recognize them or their behavior by saying something to them in the comment section. You know, it’s like coming to my home, you’re always welcome. Just be decent or don’t come back. It’s their choice.

  • By the way, one of the reasons people focus on a spelling error or some other insignificant issue is to make everything you say suspect. If you can’t spell, what makes anyone think you’re competent to do anything else. Specially something as complicated as making a logical observation. It’s just another way of attacking the person – the messenger.

  • By the way, one of the reasons people focus on a spelling error or some other insignificant issue is to make everything you say suspect. If you can’t spell, what makes anyone think you’re competent to do anything else. Specially something as complicated as making a logical observation. It’s just another way of attacking the person – the messenger.

  • LOL! I’ve noticed that to.

  • LOL! I’ve noticed that to.

  • I wonder, too, if someone doesn’t have a lot of anger. They spill it, feel better, and then are able to focus on the little details. At least, that is what I’m hoping. Someone should be getting some sort of relief out of the ugliness.

  • I wonder, too, if someone doesn’t have a lot of anger. They spill it, feel better, and then are able to focus on the little details. At least, that is what I’m hoping. Someone should be getting some sort of relief out of the ugliness.

  • Looking back on my errors in this realm it I think both the rudeness and the fixing of spelling comes from pride. Just a thought.

  • Looking back on my errors in this realm it I think both the rudeness and the fixing of spelling comes from pride. Just a thought.

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