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Has social media made you a horrible person?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TheoGriff, Oct 18, 2015.


Has social media made you a horrible person?

  1. No, I take care not to post anything that I would not say face-to-face

    22 vote(s)
  2. Possibly, as I sometimes post things that I wouldn't say face-to-face

    2 vote(s)
  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Has social media made you a horrible person? I read an article on this yesterday in the Daily Telegraph. (This does not automatically invalidate it.)

    Talking about the world wide web:

    And what did we do with it? We filled it with cat videos and ****. And then we comment-enabled everything. And then we added social media. And all hell broke loose.

    Why? Partly because the internet offers anonymity, and anonymity uncouples you from consequence and retribution. Back in the 4th century BC, Plato uses the legend of the Ring of Gyges - which when worn would turn the wearer invisible - to wonder whether an otherwise moral person would still be so if he or she know that they couldn't be identified or caught.

    Wonder no more, Plato! We are all ring owners now.

    We are free - or at least freer than at any other point in human history - to behave exactly as we wish.

    And what people wish to do, it turns out, is hector long, bully loud, and troll incessantly those with whom they do not agree.

    Best wishes
  2. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    No use talking to Plato! He carked it years ago. Hector Long did too.
  3. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    No, I was horrible already.
  4. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    No, I don't think I'm worse. I've spoken out more in real life about things because of having an online platform to discuss them first. And I've never subscribed to the view that online is anonymous because it really isn't.
    I've also become more outgoing.
  5. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I don't say anything on social media that I wouldn't be prepared to look people in the face and say.
  6. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Now people can know what I think without having to live with me!
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    What's social media?
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  8. yfel_endwerce

    yfel_endwerce Established commenter

    I've always lived up to my user-name (even before I got it)

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  9. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Even to pretend we are of the opposite gender ...
  10. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    ..or a cat cat.jpg


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  11. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    ...or a wood

  12. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I don't think there are many on TES who really believe you are a tree with an internet connection, lizzie.
  13. Rhoswen77

    Rhoswen77 Established commenter

    Have you done that? But why on earth would you? Plain weird.
  14. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I haven't done that. Have you, Rhos?
  15. Rhoswen77

    Rhoswen77 Established commenter

    Never. As I said it is weird to take on a persona which is not your actual gender.
    (A racing driver with an Italian name did the gender-trick thing too...)
  16. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    I think it gives people a means to express what they really think, for example, about non-PC issues that would, otherwise, as Theo says, incur some form of retribution, legal or illegal. Some places allow freedom of speech; others do not. Stifling comment does not destroy the issue, or the opposition to it. On the contrary, it merely hides it and makes the unspoken opposition stronger, and probably more dangerous. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that will only be learned the hard way.
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  17. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Perhaps they had been 'Doctored' ...
  18. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

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  19. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I'm less polite offline.
    And what's wrong with cat videos?
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  20. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    She could be on a branch of the internet.

    BTW- re the OP
    I was horrible before the internet encountered me.
    lizziescat and monicabilongame like this.

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