Sunday, November 16, 2008

Question Me Good - Pt. 7

Neil at Citizen of the Month asks an interesting question that I hadn't really pondered before.

What is the one thing you dislike most about the online world?

I haven't personally had any negative experiences in the online world and I generally enjoy the freedom that the internet allows and the access that I have to a wide variety of perspectives on any given topic. Blogging in particular has made it possible for me to develop connections with people around the country and world that I wouldn't have been able to "meet" without it. That being said, I think that the perceived anonymity of blogging and commenting allows some people to say and do things that they wouldn't say and do if the interaction was face-to-face. Sometimes that's a good thing, giving people the courage to be more open and transparent about their problems or struggles and allowing a venue for open dialog about tough subjects. But sometimes people use that anonymity as permission to be hateful and rude. That's the part of the online world that I dislike the most.

How about you? Is there anything about the online world that you dislike, and if so, what is it?

If you've got a burning question for me but haven't had a chance to ask it, you can go to the original post and leave your question in a comment. I'll keep answering a question or two a day until they're all answered.

If you're just tuning in, check out the rest of the series.


Angie Ledbetter said...

The only thing I dislike (besides the fruity chain emails and spam) is that sometimes your real intent doesn't come through in cyberspace without the use of facial expressions, voice tone, etc.

nejyerf said...

i agree with angie.

sometimes i leave a comment that ends up reading not at all like it sounded in my head.

although, i did watch some of the more popular bloggers read a favorite post from the Blogher conference and it was interesting to hear how the blog sounded coming direct from the horses mouth, so to speak.

some people are better off writing than reading aloud.

Ami said...

Angie and Jen - It is definitely difficult to get your tone across sometimes. Especially when you don't know a blogger's personality in "real life". Like sometimes I've very sarcastic, but getting sarcasm across in your writing can be difficult.

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