My favorite Asian badass, Opinionated Man from Harsh Reality, strikes again in a recent post today involving one of the biggest problems that plagues mankind; those who dare to disagree on the internet. In the words of a modern day Asian wiseman, “Get Over Yourself.”
One of my favorite responses I often see on message boards, forums, my own facebook, ect. are responses and posts to my own such as:
- “I can’t believe you said that!”
- “Tell me you don’t think this!”
- “How dare you be this ignorant!
- “You can’t say that!”
Newsflash. I said that, I’m not sorry, and I’ll say it again. Fine, we disagree. I honestly thought it would never happen. Let’s leave it like that right? Wrong. The hounds start to bark, the crows start to circle, and the night starts to darken. Demands for your head, your job, your blog, and your imminent seclusion from internet and blogging life.
A growing number of narcissistic individuals on the internet – I’m shocked – seem to think that they not only should own and control their own havens of internet brilliant dialogue, but that yours should be included in their Iron Curtain like grip.
Do you not concur with the popular group-think on your blog and even Facebook? Then bow down, present your ass for punishment, and plead for mercy and forgiveness for having alternative thoughts. These kinds of folks won’t even stop eating their own, so they won’t care if they eat you. This is why you must ignore them like they aren’t there and never back down.
It’s not enough to even delete a post, a tweet, ect these days. You actually need to dress in digital sackcloth and ashes as you admit your sins to an obvious disproving public. This shit needs to stop and it STOPS with me, you, and all of us with balls. That includes you ladies.
Let’s engage in a reality check. This isn’t your facebook. It isn’t your blog. You don’t control my blog. You don’t control Opinionated Man‘s blog. This isn’t Reddit. I know that particular mobs of people who can’t handle disagreement or alternative POVs want to downvote your thoughts into oblivion, but are stymied and enraged that they can’t! This particular mob of internet group-think digital ravagers that inhabit fiefdoms with North Korean like intentions on internet discourse and dialogue however will give it all they have to make you recant. However, we won’t, because we dont give a shit.
Important lessons must be learned early for all self-respecting bloggers. I’ll kindly, but firmly drill them in:
- Don’t give a shit.
- . You don’t need to care if people get offended over your blog, facebook, or twitter. Life is short and you don’t want to be 90 on your deathbed having never voiced your true thoughts.
- As OM puts it ,“Even if the world comes crashing down upon you, own your views and don’t allow others to intimidate you into changing your opinions.”
- Stand by what you think and NEVER back down. Don’t apologize for what you think. Let the wave of intolerant naysayers crash against your polished steel sides. You shall not be moved.
- Assert your thoughts, posts, and conclusions with the utmost confidence.
Don’t cave in on your blog for any reason, because it won’t end there. The pattern you set endangers yourself. Imagine what is and has been next. Your private life decisions may be next if you indicate you are willing to submit. Remember Brandon Eich from Mozilla? He lost his job because of this consistent subconscious desire by himself and his employer to give in and back down. Don’t be Firefox. (Note that The Atlantic isn’t some religious conservative bastion of backwards thought.)