Politics and hate
Holy shit I'm glad I have DelayOfGame around. All the other community sites I see (especially the largest ones on the web) seems to be choc full of outright hate, mostly drawing from political ignorance and an inability to have a civil conversation about it. I definitely disagree with a lot of you about a lot of things but nobody here is outright hateful about stuff, unless we're all clearly joking around. Its amazing to me how hateful the internet seems.
You know when I was a kid and the internet was just starting to come to pepople's homes, the promise was that it would be this great place where everybody could communicate and share information freely. Where anybody could set up a website, and you could access anything that anybody put up on theirs. It was about taking down walls, removing barriers, and letting us share information and communicate with everyone freely. That was really it. That idea was glorious and exciting. We were thrilled at the idea of being able to go 'online' and find new interesting people to talk to or have the wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips. it was also a great way to see what people were creating or learn things. (yeah, even slowly downloaded VGA 'candid nature photography' and games.
Now I see the internet and while there are people still doing some exciting things and there are cool things being created and shared, its amazing what a large percentage of it has become about putting up barriers, and spreading hatred. I've heard talk that the internet has become an engine for radicalization. That what we've built now lends itself to people taking extreme positions and arguing them (anybody not agreeing is someone to attack). Otherwise moderate people are pushed to extremes and you can't be a moderate. I wasn't sure what I thought of that theory but It seems to hold water in many places I see lately.
Obviously a lot of hatred has always existed but its amazing to me now how people feel license to vocalize it. Before it was (relatively) unspoken. The shit I see people say, if you talked like that in public when I was a kid, you would learn quickly not to do it a second time. Now its just par for the course. People getting death threats are told to just suck it up and that its normal. what?! I don't get it man.
I dunno, maybe I'm just too old for this shit. I don't have the energy for all that anger and hate anymore. Is there more hate now or is there less but more vocal hate? I'm not sure. I do know that even if its less but more vocal hate, that vocalizing will lead to more hate down the road. Even if its just a loud minority, they'll make hate seem normal and people will get worse. Thats why we started frowning upon shit like hate speech and open hate in the first place.
Anyhow. end rant. I'm just glad DelayOfGame is relatively normal and even when theres hate tossed around I know we're all more or less normal.