Hateful comments

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I don't know if this is a new trend or what, but I've gotten to reading the comments on some news articles on Yahoo and have noticed that the general populace who use Yahoo seems to be full of hateful bastards.

Is it just Yahoo or is it all over the internet? I haven't seen much of it on CoM (though I've heard about it) and I haven't seen it on Facebook, but I know it has to happen all over the internet. It can't possibly be isolated to one social network.

But why? Why have people become so hateful and bitter? I mean, I have been pretty bitter in my short life, but damn! What gives people the right to bash a six-year-old for telling her mom that she was picked on by some boys at school? What gives them the right to bash the President because he played a game of basketball? What gives them the right to bash homosexuals every chance they get, even when the stupid article has NOTHING to do with it?

I'm just appalled at human nature right now. Maybe I'm just sheltered, but I am disgusted by it all.

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Stifler's - posted on 12/14/2010

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Sometimes I wonder if the "breastfeeding is gross" people are for real

Erin - posted on 12/14/2010

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Laura you definitely have trolling tendencies lol.



My motto when faced with the needless and incessant flaming? DON"T FEED THE TROLLS! I frequent several natural birth and attachment parenting pages, and there are ALWAYS women coming on there posting shit about breastfeeding being gross, or homebirth being child abuse. It's lame, and I admit it is hard sometimes not to respond. But it is clearly the way to go. I try to treat them just like I treat my toddler... ignore the tantrums and attention-seeking and it will go away lol.

Stifler's - posted on 12/13/2010

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I troll some websites. But I don't upload child porn or say that little kids deserved death etc. Just make inflammatory comments that spark arguments! I troll the SMS the Editor in the newspaper as Joe Smith and whinge about the hoons in my street sometimes.

Isobel - posted on 12/13/2010

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I don't think I'm ever hateful or rude...but if you don't understand my sense of humour I could see how it could be misunderstood.

Isobel - posted on 12/13/2010

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I'm kinda a troll...I enjoy debating and have no issues saying things that are inflammatory in order to incite somebody to defend their position. Heck, when the conservatives took their ball and went home (in PDM) I followed them to their home base and started messing with them there ;P

Stifler's - posted on 12/13/2010

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I don't really mind the trolls. Let them say what they want. Ignoring them is the way to make them shut up, making comebacks and shit only gives them what they want... a reaction! It's the people who are like "that was rude blah blah blah if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything" and make a huge deal about it that annoy me because they really don't understand that the person is looking for that exact reaction or to cop abuse back. Just like putting the trolling of Facebook tribute pages on the news gives them what they want... nationwide media coverage for being a tool.

Amanda - posted on 12/13/2010

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It does get digusting. I mean you can have a say so in things but it doesn't mean you can bash or say rude hateful things. No wonder the kids in this generation are talking the way they do or acting the way they are. It's all they see and hear! I mean when my 7 yr old tells me he's disgusted with President Obama I was baffled and asked why he would ever say that! He said because he's wasting his time as president on worthless crap. I asked where he heard that and he said his friend on the bus told him that and that his parents talk about it all the time. I was completley in shock! I mean ya me and my fiance discuss the current issues going on but never like that! I mean it's not just on the internet it's everywhere you go! Everywhere you look! people are constantly talking bad and rude, and saying hateful things! They are judging things too quickly and not taking in what is really the point. I agree with you and you are not being sheltered! I wish we were though!!! :) Good debate!

Krista - posted on 12/13/2010

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True, Kati, but at least the dog has the good sense to look sheepish when it takes a dump. Most people on the internet are proud of the crap they spew.

Rosie - posted on 12/13/2010

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it's all over, i am fairly new to the computer world and quite frankly appalled by the lack of compassion, ethics, and goodwill. instead i'm bombarded with racism, bigotry, and just plain assholeishness (my made up world, lol) all around. i try to stay away from the comments, but i'm eerily drawn to them. it's like a dog shitting, i can't stop watching, gqtm!

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I posted a video of me singing on youtube, then was told that my dreads were racist because i am white.....If you ask me, that was a racist comment. How can hair be racist??

JuLeah - posted on 12/13/2010

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There has always been hate and fear. We now have the ability to express ourselves across a wider range. It is not human nature 'right now' it is just more in our faces.
Our history is bloody and hate filled, and things have not really changed.
On the other hand, our ability to social net work has also increased, right? So we can counter messages of hate with messages of love. We can put out more posts about good things then others put out about fear.
We can refuse to gossip, refuse to take part in hate, refuse to laugh at racist jokes, vote for leaders that respect all, act friendly towards our neighbors, volunteer, repost positive events on fb, support the folks making effort ... we are not and have never been powerless in the face of fear/hate/evil .... our history if filled with powerful folks who fought a brave fight ... Martin Luther King Jr. Sojourner truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, Gandhi ….. just to name a few

Amanda - posted on 12/13/2010

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because you can post anything on the internet without showing your face.... it's really a copout. you can be anyone you want to be online and for some that means they are able to post thier rude/mean/hateful comments without consequences.

Lacye - posted on 12/13/2010

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Don't go to YouTube! They are absolutely horrible on there. They fight over religion, gays, fat people, just about anything and everything. But to be honest, that is kinda expected. With so many personalities on the internet, it's not surprising that even the douche bags get on here too and have a go at other people.

Kate CP - posted on 12/13/2010

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Because behind the anonymity of a keyboard you are all-powerful and beyond reproach.

Krista - posted on 12/13/2010

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Some people are just vile, Jaime. And the internet gives them a handy place to spew their bile across a wide area. Any unmoderated comments section, be it Yahoo or YouTube or what-have-you, quickly turns into a complete and utter cesspool that can quickly make you lose all of your faith in humanity.

Go visit CuteOverload or something instead -- you'll feel better.

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I too agree with Iris. Some people just have too much time on their hands and like to spend it trolling others. Just don't read it.

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I'll admit, there are some things I can't say in person to a person, but can over the internet, or in writing, but that's because it's hard for me to articulate exactly what I mean to say unless I write it down. However, I don't say anything on the internet I wouldn't write on a piece of paper and hand to someone face to face. I'm pretty blunt and sometimes very tactless, but I'm like that all the time. And I'm never hateful :\ it's unnecessary, impolite, and dare I say it, rude. Sad example for our kids.

But I have a feeling most of the comments I've read on Yahoo are made by insensitive little teenagers who haven't been taught how to properly behave in real life anyway.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 12/12/2010

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I agree with Iris...



And will add, many people hide behind the screen of the computer and would never utter half of what they say in real life…its like they get courage and say many stupid, hateful things when its not necessary or just to feel BIG for the moment…

Iris - posted on 12/12/2010

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They just have a piss poor attitude where no one can really get into their face. Sad but true.
And the world has plenty of nasty, narrow minded people that would never dare to act this way in RL but use the internet to express it. At least you know their thinking, just sad that they never express themselves under real names..

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This is very true...But those trolls are people too, and obviously not very good ones. I imagine they aren't nearly so outgoing with their comments in the real world, but if they were? I'd hate to think what the world would be like then.

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I just don't understand. There shouldn't be so much hate in the world. It's awful. John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Ghandi are probably rolling in their graves at this nonsense.

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I feel ya girl. I can't stand reading the comments below the articles on Yahoo. I have Yahoo set as my home page and I've stopped scrolling down to read what other people think because it never fails to piss me off. Even something GOOD, gets turned around. I think it was about a month ago, there was some sort of celestial event with a more than normal amount of falling stars. The article gave zones where best to watch, what direction to look in the sky, what time, etc. Wouldn't you know it but someone commented under that it was a government conspiracy and just went OFF about it. I was like, "Can't we just watch some pretty stars????"

People do have a piss poor attitude and it's only getting worse. I'm trying really hard not to raise my son to be that way but even I get bitter sometimes. It's a lot easier, I have to admit, now that we've moved away from a big city to a small, tiny little town. Am I out of my element? Oh hell yeah. But would I freak if I forgot to lock my front door one night? Not one bit.

Iris - posted on 12/12/2010

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I don't think people have become more hateful and bitter. I think it's more that people can post anonymous and use the opportunity. Some people are just spiteful, so the internet is the perfect place for them to be the bullies they really are. I see it in many places on the internet, youtube is one, I don't even bother reading comments there anymore.

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