I don’t understand something. Maybe someone can explain it to me (I’m not really looking or an explanation — it’s rhetorical, really).
I’ve seen dozens of instances of it, but two very recently. Both Kimi (Happy Jacks host) and Mac Beauvais (Strange Like That) have received snarky comments from self appointed steampunk critics or experts (I’m not sure which, and it doesn’t really matter) about their DC steampunk costumes.
Essentially, what they’re saying is, “I don’t like what you’re doing and I’m going to criticize it.”
While I don’t pretend to understand the rage about the inconsequential, it’s not uncommon. I know a guy who hates Sketchers. That’s right, the shoes. He can go off on a tirade about why he hates Sketchers.
But you know what he doesn’t do? He doesn’t post comments on their web page or write them angry letters. You know why? He isn’t crazy.
And that’s what I’m getting to. I understand not liking something. It’s a matter of taste, preference or whatever. I’m right there with you. There are many things I do not like, but from where does this compulsion to constantly criticize the inconsequential come?
It’s rude. You understand that, right? Didn’t anyone tell you, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?” Have you diagnosed yourself with Asperger’s, so you think it’s okay to be rude?
Now, if these people were (for example) telling you to buy their indie film on DVD, and you did, and you watched it and it sucked, that’s different. It cost you money, and your opinion, properly voiced, can save people from spending money on something that sucks. But that’s not what’s going on here.
I realize this isn’t going to change, and a lame blog post isn’t likely to turn a rude person polite. But just in case these people do have some disorder that causes them to miss social cues and cross the line between rude and polite, I figured I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and spell it out.
Here’s a quick flowchart for the self-diagnosed Asperger’s sufferer:
I think that’ll help.
For the rest of us, I honestly think we need to start deleting such comments. I know that goes against the concepts of free expression and the exchange of ideas, but we’re not talking about opinions with any worth.