“Welcome to the internet” is such a bullshit argument for things like this. Just because this happens all the time doesn’t mean it should just be accepted. When someone gets upset that another person treated them terribly on the internet, the common response is “welcome to the internet.” Fuck that response. That just means you’re saying it’s okay to be a jerk because everyone’s a jerk. If you stop being such a jerk, then maybe someone else will stop being such a jerk, and then maybe there will eventually be fewer jerks. Seriously, grow up and wise up.
Acceptance of bullshit just means you like swimming in bullshit. You know where that stuff comes from? Bulls’ butts. Fucking gross, man.
When people say ‘welcome to the internet’, they mean that throwing a hissy fit on the internet is just as productive as shouting at a cardboard cut out of Rick Santorum because he’s a jerk. Will that make Rick Santorum less of a jerk? Fuck no. The internet is not real life. If someone on the internet is a jerk to you, and you really take it personal, then you’re not going to live a very rewarding life. When someone IRL is a jerk to you, then it’s an entirely different matter.
That’s why people should stop being butthurt on the internet. It’s not real life. There’s a completely different set of rules when it comes to social interactions because when you engage in a conversation or something, you’re just words. You’re not a person, or an individual. I could talk about this for hours, but let’s just stay with this: stop confusing the internet with real life. It’s not healthy.
First of all, “hissy fit” and “butthurt” are words used by people on the internet to illegitimize the valid points or concerns of others. A “hissy fit” implies that we overreacted to someone stealing from us. We didn’t overreact. All we did was use some swear words. Naughty, naughty swear words. Being “butthurt” implies that we’re oh so very mad about it. As we said, stuff like this happens all the time. That doesn’t mean we can’t point it out when it happens. Point to the hissy fit and we’ll apologize for overreacting and skulk off in embarrassed internet user fashion. Hissy fit and overreaction below…
Calling the internet not real life illigitimizes the internet in a way that does not hold water. It’s not real life? What does that even mean? Is it not happening? When you interact with someone on Facebook, do you not actually interact with them? Chatting with someone on the internet makes it not real life because you can’t see the other person? They’re “just words”? If you get into a fight with your significant other on gchat, does that mean you didn’t actually fight? If you break up, should you not be upset about it because it happened on the internet and it’s not real life? Did you, Aelur, not just type out your real life thoughts and post them for others to read in their real lives? Are there not internet campaigns that make change in real life? Are there not hundreds of thousands of things and feelings that occur on and because of the internet every day, but they just didn’t happen because it was on the internet? You don’t have to be out in the sun for things to have an impact on “real life”. Yeah, go out in the sun and interact with people in person, but “real life” also happens in computers and on the internet because…
It’s fucking 2012. More than ever, people rely on the internet for communication, entertainment, education, dating, and the list goes on. Things happen on the internet, people feel on the internet, and these things are happening and being felt more and more every day. The internet is so intertwined with “real life” now that when you say the internet doesn’t count, you sound like a ten-year-old from 1994. Yes, social rules are different on the internet than if you talk to a stranger on a bus. But that doesn’t mean that’s a good thing. The line between internet and “real life” is already blurring and eventually we’ll have internet chips in our brains and we’ll have internet in our glasses. Those internet social rules that allow people to be pricks to each other and steal from each other will more and more bleed into every day life because the internet is bleeding more and more into everyday life. It is important to try to maintain kindness and fairness on the internet, because soon the internet will affect how we interact with each other in person. It’s already happening like that, which is why bullying is becoming such a problem in schools. Kids are now growing up with and on the internet, and it’s okay to be a prick on the internet, so now these kids are being pricks to each other more and more in real life, and then kids are killing themselves. Be kind and fair here now, or else in 2025, your internet brain will make you go up to real people in real life and tell them to stop being so butthurt about real things in their real life, and you’ll look like a real life piece of shit.
All of that being said, our real point wasn’t about any of that. We didn’t mean to go on about all of this. Our main beef was that someone took time from their real life to go out of their way to strip credit from the work someone spent their real life time on. Credit where credit is due, etc. Stop stealing other people’s work, you fucks. Also, be kind and fair on the internet before your shitty internet rules and lingo command “real life”. Also? The word “butthurt” immediately makes anyone sound like a total wang, so try to use it less.
Be as cynical as you want about Invisible Children, but for fuck’s sake, if they didn’t exist then 80,000,000 people would instead be having long, pointless conversations about which cat videos should go in this week’s list of the top fucking cat videos of the stupid fucking week.
I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me, but I think 80,000,000 people talking about a thing is absolutely meaningless. Talking about a thing is super easy, (see: talking about writing a movie/talking about losing weight/talking about being a better person), and doing a thing is super hard, (see: writing a movie/consistently working out/being a better person). If there was some kind of statistic out there that proved that the 80,000,000 people who are talking are actually working on real, tangible, physical change, (or, hell, if the majority even understood what kind of change was necessary, [which, hell, how could they?]), then I’d shut my mouth. But I don’t hear 80,000,000 people saying “This is a complex issue— obfuscated by sensationalist reporting and now rampant schadenfreude— and here is what I can do to actively help,” I hear people saying “Hey, Kony, am I right? At least we’re talking about it.”
As long as we keep saying “80,000,000 people talking about [X] is a good thing for [X],” those people will do nothing but talk, because we’ve convinced them and ourselves that talking “about a thing” is actually valuable. It almost never is.
That’s all. This Tumblr will now return to its regularly scheduled programming of occasionally answering questions, jokes, and shameless self-promotion, (speaking of: New Column Today!).
I agree that doing something is more important than talking about something, but I really disagree that talking about something is meaningless. That’s how things are figured out. The conversation is being had in order to figure out what to actually do, or whether or not something should even be done. Talking about writing a movie is meaningless, yes. But talking about what your movie is going to be about is how you end up writing a movie. It’s the difference between “Yeah, I’m going to write a movie” and “I’m trying to write a movie, but I don’t know if it should be about X or Y or if maybe I should make X happen, or Y not happen, etc.” No, conversation doesn’t get things done. Conversation doesn’t equal action, but it is the pathway to action. You can say “talk is cheap” (I am aware that you, Dan, didn’t actually say that), but how are you going to decide what to do if you don’t talk about what you should do? Talk is cheap if you only talk. Talk is valuable if it leads to action.
I don’t have the statistics you’re talking about because, no, I don’t think they exist. Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I do think that talking is better than ignoring or not knowing. And I know that I have friends back home who teach 12-year-olds and those 12-year-olds were shown the Kony2012 video and now they’re having conversations about the subject. When I was twelve, I had conversations about Jedi and, well, that’s probably it. Maybe these kids won’t actually do anything about it when they grow up, but because of this video, kids are having complex thoughts about complex issues concerning kids on the other side of the planet, long before most of us ever did.That is good. Maybe they’ll forget about it all when The Avengers comes out. But maybe when they’re old enough, they’ll remember talking and then they’ll act.
The internet needs to stop telling me that my argument is invalid just because some weird thing exists.
My arguments are perfectly valid. I am good at critical thinking and analysis, and the weird thing you just found has no effect on either. If anything, your weird thing is invalid against my ability to communicate my rational, well-reasoned thoughts and opinions. Your weird thing is just some weird thing. You would be a terrible lawyer, internet.