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A Day In The Life of An Arguposter.

Where have the manners gone online....a tongue in cheek look at how we can make online a nicer playground.

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.  

Read the rest of this entry at: http://beckipastor-thirdbunnyfromtheright.blogspot.com/2012/03/day-in-life-of-arguposter.html

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Doreen Boudreau Hausler March 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I love this, too! Thank you for taking on this topic, Becki! I think that too many people are turned off to getting in on relevant conversations due to the intimidation factor. Too many people hide behind fake names, for one thing. They may have valid reasons for doing so. However, the overwhelming majority use their anonymity to bully other people. That's daunting. If everyone could put aside their preconceived notions, perhaps we could find a common ground, and work together to build a brighter future for our community. I really found affinity with this blog. I enjoy the discourse on the Patch. I'm interested in learning more about our town. I do not shy away easily. I am, however, quickly growing tired of the attacks in the exchanges. These are done without provocation. Quite disappointing.
Lise Cavallaro March 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I can name a few who like to hear themselves type, but I won't. I do agree with you. though. I think in the end we all want what is best for our family, town, etc. but do have differing opinions on how to get there. That is what makes America land of the free. My problem with the Patch comments in particular are those who can't and/or won't spell, and just generally post stupid comments that make no sense and yet are condescending to others.
Drea Marino March 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I certainly hope the three of YOU are not referring to ME ! YOU don't know ANYTHING about me ! ; ) carry on ladies....
Drea Marino March 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Oh wait....that was a bit snarky, wasn't it ? Apologies to anyone I may have offended.
Lise Cavallaro March 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Actually, your name never even entered into it. ;)

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