When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to unfriend a hater, you should feel no guilt in doing so.
Free speech is a wonderful thing. Spiteful speech need not be tolerated. They get to say it, sure, but if it harshes your mellow, you get to block it.
Case in point, a recent post of mine on Facebook re: the ungodly hot summer we’re enduring. Legitimate scientists interviewed by CBS News (a credentialed and long-respected news outlet), are suggesting, “Hey, umm, not to get ya too riled up folks, but maybe we were right about the whole climate change thing? Maybe we’re starting to see some evidence?” I just used the opportunity to thank god (and the sainted Willis Carrier!) for air-conditioning.
But some folks love to stir $&# up:
While, luckily, Chris Brogan and Tim Allik appear to approve of my approach (in case it’s not obvious, I unfriended & blocked the fellow), I know there are other folks out there who might disagree with such “harsh measures.”
Like many others, I worry about how the web’s explosion of alternative content, combined with its ability to let us curate so that we “only read what we want to read” has decayed the culture. Then again, I feel adequately informed about the day’s news, and about right-leaning media influences, and anyway I try to take a live-and-let-live approach as much as possible… so when someone gets up in my grill every single time they disagree with me (which is often), at some point I decide my sanity trumps my slavish devotion to the First Amendment.
Please, agree or disagree (politely) in the comments? I am actually kinda fascinated by this topic.
Posted on: July 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm By Todd Defren