One has to wonder why some people take the time to comment on various online forums, articles or social media websites in a negative and/or hostile manner.
I am of the opinion that there are several types of posters on these various web outlets. There are those who are enthusiastic and find the positive in a story, item or thread and want to praise the author. There are those who simply want to share their knowledge and/or correct a misconception posted by a previous commenter. There are those who find fault in everyone who posts and really just post to “hear themselves type.”
Then there are the adults who behave like children online. These people fall into several subcategories but for the sake of brevity I will stick to one that particularly troubles me. There are the folks who have strong beliefs, such as politics or religion and make every thread on which they post about their issue and/or position. They attack anyone who disagrees, no matter how reasonable the other person may be. And assume that they must “win” their self-imposed argument and have the last word. I shall call these the Arguposters.
When any opinion or news piece is posted online these days, many outlets include a “comments” section. Many are organized in much the way one can comment much like on a friend’s Facebook status.
When Arguposters begin their assault, they tend to assume that either the author or anyone else who comments is going to argue so they are loaded for bear from the start. Typically, Arguposters tend to have a one track mind, though sometimes they can have a dual track but these tend to converge into one.
What disturbs me most about Arguposters is that in addition to alienating many reasonable and articulate adults, they tend to create a pack mentality and all horn in on one commenter who may have an opposing view. This discourages and turns off many people who may have another view from letting their voices be heard. It further tends to create an illusion that the only commenters in that arena are the Arguposters because they the only commenters left.
Arguposters are of all ages, races, creeds, colors and intelligence level.
Why do I tell you about Arguposters?
Because they are everywhere.
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