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Off with their heads!

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457Today looks like I’ll be talking about social media.
Second post on the subject…
Fact is, starting… uhm, let’s say one month ago, maybe a little more, I decided to implement a stricter control over my online interactions.
And in particular over the space I am going to allow third parties to take on my blogs, profiles and all that…

What gave me the idea was the gentleman that started harassing me because he wanted me to admit I am a failure, based on his (wrong!) interpretation of what I had written on this blog.
Like I’m not a cheerful, optimist sort of guy!

And then all the rest.
I realize my patience is growing shorter by the day.
Must be the old age encroaching.

So, off with their heads!
And I must admit silencing anyone that wants to harass and insult me or my readers, is quite a liberation – I have to take care of my spaces (such as the comments on my blogs) in order to make the experience as fun and positive as possible for my readers.
And myself.
Life is stressful enough as it is without extra input from assholes.

You want to be an asshole?
Fine, you can do it, but not on my time, or in my space.

It is not democratic?
Yes, you are probably right1.

But there’s a catch.
Social networks are a window on reality.
Not the only one, not the best, but a window nonetheless.
And if, by staring too long through this window I might get the impression that the world wide web is filled with fluffy kittens, big-boobed models, political rants and assorted nutcases…
If, in other words, I could perceive the situation as worse than it actually is by relying too much on social networks, on the other hand, by filtering out all of the noise I could get the wrong impression too.
I might start to think the world wide web is a noise-free environment, exclusively filled with excellent people.

Both ways, I get a skewed perspective on what’s going on.

But on the other hand, considering I know I’m filtering the noise out, I will probably never fall under the false impression that the noise does not exist.
Maybe I won’t be up-to-date on the latest trends in noise, but talking about what I like with intelligent people will become easier.

Therefore, off with their heads!2

  1. but neither is invading a someone’s personal space with your rubbish, so I guess we at least understand each other. 
  2. there’s an alternative: a person I respect deeply once told me “the day I opened my blog I decided I would not discuss certain topics to avoid arguments and problems.”
    It’s a personal choice, and I respect it. But it’s not me. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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