Arguing over the internet
March 18, 2007
I’ve come to a conclusion. Some people think arguing over the internet is futile and is only done by bored people. I disagree. The internet is (well, can be) a place where people of all intelligence levels and socioeconomic levels can come together and debate on any topic imaginable. Whether it be about the problems in the Java Virtual Machine or the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles in their last seasons, anyone can argue with anyone in an open, no-holds barred format.
And therein lies the rub. I remember seeing an image that said “Anonymity + Internet = Instant Asshole.” The sad part about this statement is that it is all too true. There are plenty of places online that are a testament to this statement. The darkest, sickest, side of people comes out in its ugliest form. And that’s a shame.
If you’re going to argue over the internet, and by all means, please do, at least try to be a little articulate in your argument. There is such an opportunity to have such great arguments with people that it’s a pity that so many degrade into childish shouting matches.
Go, have arguments, put you knowledge to the test against others. Will you get intellectually destroyed at times? Yes. Will you feel stupid at times? Yes. But don’t give up. Man, if nothing else, enjoy the fight, even if you lose it, because that’s what it’s all about. Take responsibility for your statements, stand behind what you believe, and even if you lose the fight, learn from it, and move on to the next.
I honestly don’t care if you listen to me. If you do, great. Feel free to message or e-mail me at any time, and I’d be more than happy to argue a topic with you. If you disagree with me or think what I’m saying is useless, then you’re welcome to think that. I think it’s just great if you’ve made it this far into this little rant of mine. The fact that you may read this and thought “Mark’s an idiot” or thought “Mark’s right” is enough for me.
That’s all I got for you. Fight on.