The title of this post might seem misleading, but I utterly suck at coming up with decent titles. Sorry.
I was going to make a video about what I’m about to talk to you about, but then I remembered how whiny my voice sounds sometimes and well…that put me off. Also, my blog is small in comparison to youtube and not that many people see it. I mean, I have over 700 followers on twitter but do I ever get 700 views? No. Not that I get hundreds on youtube, but you see my point. I don’t reach far. A bit like my life, really. I’m short, you see.
Annnd I digress.
This post may offend some, and you may not agree with it, but that’s the BEAUTY of opinions, is it not? As humans we are ENTITLED to think the way we think. Otherwise we’d be robots and… I’d say we wouldn’t want that but honestly, I think I’d rather like being immortal.
Anyway, here goes.
This is what’s been bugging me a LOT lately, and it starts, like most stories do, with Twitter. Snuggle up, kids. It’s about to get rocky.
So today, and well, in other times in the past, I’ve come across threads and random posts people have made declaring, in a statement, that WE SHOULD BE LIKE THIS. For lack of a better example, today someone said, rather obnoxiously might I add, that anyone that reviews books and doesn’t find anything racist in it when some other few have found racist stuff in it, shouldn’t be reviewing those books and should let other more “qualified” reviewer do their job.
I’m sorry…What? What did you say?
I mean….seriously? SERIOUSLY? DID that person just insinuate that anyone who DOESN’T AGREE WITH A SELECT FEW shouldn’t be REVIEWING BOOKS AT ALL?
I understand your NEED, your… WANT to be self-centred, but this is a bit much, don’t you think?
As with some other issues regarding books, if somebody LOVES A BOOK, but a few people think they find “problematic issues” in it, that does NOT, i repeat, NOT, make the person who LOVES the book, WRONG! Whether they find issues in it or not.
And for that matter, just because a select few finds “issues” in a book, does NOT, i repeat, NOT, mean there are ACTUALLY ISSUES WITH SAID BOOK! It just…and I hate to bang on about this like an insane person, but it just means you..yes you…have what is called AN OPINION. Yeah. Listen up, this is what it means for those of you who feel required to ignore it:
a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
a statement of advice by an expert on a professional matter.
“if in doubt, get a second opinion”
(yes I did just copy and paste. So?)
So as you can see above, an opinion is a belief. And UNLESS YOU’RE A FUCKING EXPERT ON SAID TOPIC, WHICH I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU ARE SINCE YOU’RE ACTING LIKE A PETULANT CHILD WHEN SOMEONE DISAGREES WITH YOU, your opinion doesn’t make you RIGHT. It makes you…well…a person with an opinion.
Did I ruffle some feathers? Oh I’m sorry.
Now, let me clarify, in no part of this blog post am I saying I am right on the issue, and that what I say goes, and that YOU SHOULD ALL PERISH IN A FIRE if you don’t agree with me – ahem. But I do think some of you, yes the ones (most likely) who will never read this post because I’m not worthy enough, should think about the manner in which you come across on social sites, essentially DICTATING how others should feel, think, behave, because of what you think.
I’m utterly SICK of the crap people spout and I’ll admit, I do sometimes say things that I later regret (and often I delete said tweets because I’m a paranoid monkey who just wants to be loved) but I do try, EMPHASIS ON “TRY”, not to say stuff that sounds a) arrogant, b) insulting to others intelligence, or/and c) just plain stupid. I’m not perfect, however, so some might slip through the cracks.
I go by the basis that when NO ONE says anything to or against a tweet I make, that no one has seen it or cares and that I haven’t said anything harmful. lol. Harmful. Social Networking on a whole is, quite frankly, HARMFUL, to our state of minds and blood pressure. But who am I to quibble?
I’m sorry (not sorry) if this post comes across as brash, aggressive or just plain bitchy, but I needed to get my feelings out and whether anyone reads this or not, I’ll have done so in a way that doesn’t make me ashamed. I realise that the majority who are nice online should outshine the ones who are dickheads, but that’s not always the way it is, and it sucks. It’s those people that have thousands of followers and therefore think they obviously can do or say no wrong that need a reality check (and god dammit i hate reality but there you go).
And it’s those people that DISAGREE with those other statements that need and rightly should stand up for themselves, and not let those other bastards win. Because by not saying anything, we’re letting them think they’re right. God knows I’m the last person to stand up and be like “this is what I think…” because as someone who generally tries to please people…I’d prefer not to be on the wrong end of a rifle (figuratively speaking, of course. Guns aren’t easy accessible here in the U.K. Thank fuck!) AND I don’t like upsetting people in general, though I’m fully aware I’m not likeable. I don’t know what it is. Probably a mixture of things, but ultimately there it is.
Anyway, I think, for now, that’s enough of me ranting and raving. I should take a time-out moment and calm down, and I try to do that for the most part, but just when you think you’ve cleared your timeline of shit, more shit comes to ruin the mood.
Then you have the people who, for a lot of the time are fairly decent, but then THEY go and say something, in my opinion, stupid, and the cycle starts all over again. Sigh.
Whether I’ve annoyed, upset, or even made you pleased because you agree with me during this post, I hope I’ve made my point, or lack-there-of, pretty clear, and that it’s understandable. I try not to make posts like this very often because I know it’s redundant to keep on about stuff. Like herpes, stuff doesn’t go away just because you will it to.
lol bad analogy.
See ya all soon for a new post (hopefully cheerier).