Since my last blog was crap, I thought I'd write something perhaps almost interesting.
The internet. It's had a huge impact on the person I've become. It's determined my character and personality more than even my own parents have, and probably as much as close friends have. It's something I don't consider a toy, though I might have before.
Maturing with the internet is an interesting process. I've used the internet extensively for years, and I've learned a lot from it. Not just the trivial information wikipedia donates, but in dealing with people. Specifically, in dealing with people with nearly complete anonymity.
I like to talk to people on the internet. To an extent, even argue. I find it intellectually stimulating. To some, this seems silly. Indeed, it largely is. For the few people on the internet that truly want to talk, there are many more that simply want to get a rise out of anyone they can. There are many more that want to live the life of the tough guy they always wanted to be. To call people little bitches when they don't agree, to call people little bitches when they do agree, and to brag about their non-existent work out routine, sex life, and bravado.
But you know that already. Thru the internet, I've learned to analyse seemingly absurd viewpoints, and discover their rationalities, sometimes eventually accepting them as my own. Thru the internet, I've learned not to get angry at people who have different views, or to run my mouth about how great my own are. In short, I've learned tolerance.
There's something else I've learned. Something I've learned somewhere inbetween the hard way, and the easy way. Thru the internet, and arguing with people, I've learned that a hostile demeanour makes you hard to agree with. It separates you, from the person you're trying to convince. It ensures failure. No one wants to say, "Yes, I'm an idiot. Thank you for enlightening me, I now agree with your points." Yet it's the mistake every human makes when first learning to argue. I'm glad I learned this on the internet, because due to my anonymity, no one I know in person will ever know how big a dipshit I was. They will only see me as someone who's always been polite when arguing. That's something very precious the internet has given me.
This is why I don't take the internet as all jokes. I try to make meaningful contributions, and praise others who do the same. It's because how you develop as a person on the internet, is the same as how you develop as a person in real life. So why waste all your time dicking around?
I treat people I meet over the internet the same as I treat people I know in person. You may say, "well you aren't going to live long if you're arguing with people about everything so often," and you'd be right... Except that people in real life don't tell two dozen strangers about their personal lives and misfortunes, expecting nothing but kind words and agreement. People tell their close friends about these things, and their close friends argue with them if they don't agree. No one gets beat up. If you're offended by a stranger telling you what to do, don't ask a stranger what to do. This is why in threads I ask for help, I do not give much personal information. I keep it general like I would keep it general to people who aren't specifically my friends.
So I ask you, why not take the internet seriously?