People Online Disappoint


I should clarify, most people disappoint eventually -thus the Super Villain Johnny posts I did- but it’s even worse involving people online.  And before anyone gets any ideas, this isn’t about anyone specific, it’s the culmination of quite a few experiences over the past few weeks.

I haven’t been writing here much because this site is in a weird limbo place for me.  When I started blogging it wasn’t really to connect with people, not at first anyway, it was just to have a place to write whatever the fuck I wanted to write.  My life was in a crazy place and I didn’t have anyone in real life I was comfortable talking to, so I wrote it all out.  It helped keep me sane.

The other side of blogging is that it does eventually connect you with people that have similar interests, situations, problems, etc.  It’s really easy to make connections, but how much quality is there?  It’s so much easier to ignore someone, be rude, or whatever, when the interactions aren’t face to face.  And there are so many people with different agendas online.  How many of us have been spammed by followers who just want us to check out their “How to improve blog traffic” websites?  Eventually, we weed through the BS to find ‘real’ people that seem to ‘get’ us.

But then, when you’re ultimately disappointed by some of those people online it screws everything up.  The blog isn’t really anonymous anymore because you have relationships with people, when they piss me off I don’t feel like sharing anymore.  Why should they be privy to my innermost thoughts and what’s going on in my life?  Screw them.  I gave them time and energy and opportunities for real connections and they blew it.

So, why post anything?  Maybe I should just stick to “Evil Johnny” cartoons when the mood suits.  Or I could just disappear and leave the assholes guessing.  Which, I have to admit is quite tempting.  I’ll always be a writer, and I’ll probably always have a blog, but that doesn’t mean I have to post anything here.

I don’t know, I’m just tired and frustrated of always being disappointed.

Unfollowing Facebook


Those of you that have been following for a while know that I absolutely hate Facebook.  I do.  Truly.  With a passion.  Twitter is worse but I’m not on that site so that hate doesn’t burn as hot.  Of course, if I were forced to write a list of things I hate it would be really long and have to get updated on a daily basis but FB would be near the top.

I was active on it for a year or two when it was still “new” and “cool”, like everyone else, but quickly got annoyed by all the BS everywhere.  I don’t give a shit about what some one-time friend had for lunch, or what motivational poster they liked.  Also, the loss of privacy, the transparency of everyone’s information about every little detail of their life was terrifying.  When I was in college I did a report on how ridiculously easy it is to steal identities that scares me to this day (really, all you need is a full name and a birthday).  But it’s not just criminals, there’s Facebook stalking, potential employers, trolls, skeezy family members (I have stories), and all the other creepy shit that happens online. Continue reading

TEOTWAWKI


I read an article today that was interesting, it was about how over sensitized some people have become, especially in colleges.  Teachers have been fired, Universities embarrassed, and many are still struggling over how to handle it.  Essentially, anything can be seen as offensive or uncomfortable to somebody.  What’s fine for one student/reader/etc. will be bothersome to another.  They’ve talked about making important writings and courses optional because someone might be bothered by it.

There are plenty of examples in the article:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

Now, while that seems a little scary and strange, I realized it tied into one of my other theories about how the internet will lead to TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It, for non-survivalist reality tv show types.  C’mon, I know you laugh at Doomsday Preppers).  I joke about social media and smartphones being signs of the Apocalypse but this is a bit more serious. Continue reading

Fame and Anonymity


Anyone who’s read for a while knows how little I like social media.  As much benefit as they might have (Arab spring), they are just as often used by not-so-nice people to recruit others to their cause (every -ist you can think of).  Those are extreme examples, the outliers if you will, but the everyday stuff is often just as poisonous.  Social media is like the land of narcissism, promoting those that are ridiculous or ridiculously attractive, encouraging everyone to shout louder and louder to gain attention.

That shit scares me.  I can’t imagine being a kid growing up in all this immediate gratification, pleading for attention, and daily bombardment of bullshit.  I’ll just give you one example before getting off that particular soap box.  Just pretend for a moment you’re a fourteen year old girl on social media, the more revealing the outfit, the more risque, the more attention they’re going to get.  Good and bad.  Lovers and haters and bullies and trolls and friends and men with less than pure intentions.  And how well are teenagers equipped to deal with that?  They’re already wired to have less self control, raging hormones, and are more likely to have emotional swings.  But it’s “cool” to be on social media, right?  Hop on the bandwagon.

And everything on the internet lasts forever. Continue reading

One More Reason to Hate Facebook


I hate a lot of things.  I’m a crotchety old man, hate is what keeps the ticker pumping.  Ok, I’m not really a crotchety old man but I feel like it sometimes, and hate is an amazing inspiration for blog posts.

I hate Facebook, I’m never on Facebook, and the only reason I haven’t deleted the account is because of the dozen or so friends that don’t call/text/email anymore, they just send messages on Facebook.  If it wasn’t for them, my account would have disappeared years ago.

Facebook is one of the many things that I think is dooming modern society.  It’s the perfect way to waste time and receive absolutely no benefit from it.  Oh, sure, you can message Great Aunt Suzie in her old folks home, that’s cool, right?  Why don’t you call Great Aunt Suzie, send her a package, or go visit?

Facebook is like a fake world that somehow has tricked people into thinking it has some value.  And most updates are total bullshit.  I don’t give a fuck what you ate for breakfast.  Oh, those tacos for lunch were a bad idea.  Oh, look at me reposting a De-motivational poster.  Hee hee.  Hanging with the homies at the mall.  Why the fuck do I care? Continue reading