Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tweeting While Stupid

I don't know why, but there's something about social media that makes folks bypass the circuit-breaker in their heads to prevent them from making insipid/moronic/racist comments in actual person-to-person interactions. You know, the little lever that locks in before you make broad generalization based on someone's race/age/gender, or before you compliment your significant other for looking less fat than they normally do. 

Thanks to the free rein of forums like Twitter and Facebook to editorialize with little in the way of oversight, a big chunk of the populace seems to think that if they type their thoughts, no matter how socially unacceptable, rather than say them, no one
will catch on. How else to explain the raging bout of racism that erupted last year when the makers of The Hunger Games had the audacity to cast *gasp* black people in race-neutral roles. 

How else, also, to explain the coterie of brain donors who popped up last week via Twitter, gleefully proclaiming how their viewing of Zero Dark Thirty lit such a patriotic fire under them that they want to go hunt some of them-thar Moslems! Or how about the other brain donors (though, realistically, there's probably a big overlap) yesterday, who were so incensed by President Obama's inauguration ceremony that they...well, I won't type it here, but read it and weep.

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