Keyboard warriors, armchair activists, trolls; whatever it is that you call them, they run rampant on the Internet.
You all know the type I'm speaking of, and chances are some of you are even one of them yourself.
That person who just has to dump on most everything they read and or see online, mostly for the sake of argument alone.
I myself am guilty of this from time to time, as I'm somewhat of a curmudgeon and am also very opinionated, so when I read something I don't agree with (a lot of things) I like to throw in my two cents.
The difference for me however, is that I won't say anything online, to or about someone, that I wouldn't say in person.
What I can liken the people, who hide behind a screen name and a keyboard, is that little snotty brat on the playground whose older brother is the biggest, toughest kid in school.
We all know we could put them in place, but he/she only spouts off when their older sibling is in shouting distance.
This, readers, is what the Internet has turned so many people in to; that little sniveling kid who now feels this certain aura of invincibility thanks to the ability to write things from the safety of computer chair, under an assumed screen name.
Please don't misinterpret this as me dumping on trolls, because I welcome everyone's right to free speech and right to freely express their own opinions. These people fuel a lot of great debates, and allow us to see a side of the story we may not have first known was there.
Does everyone remember when Kony 2012 went viral? I for one was skeptical, as anything that garners that kind of meteoric rise in views, and especially on the subject of child soldiers, should be met with caution and an open unbiased mind.
My Facebook news feed was flooded that day with people posting and re-posting the video, crying out to support this cause. Thanks to some cynics, it was very shortly uncovered that Kony 2012 wasn't all it was first made out to be.
How many of you went out and "covered the night" with Kony 2012 posters on April 20? Further to that how many of you that posted the video, were out that night sticking up posters? I personally have not seen one poster to date.
Too many people online are quick to say, but never to do. It's quite an intriguing dynamic when you think of it, that people can be both proactive and apathetic.
Recently a maelstrom of negative comments on the Thompson Citizen website were brought forth on the story of Extra Foods closing up shop. The comments were aimed mainly at Mayor Tim Johnston, slamming him for making people want to leave.
Once again, it's everyone's given right to freely express an opinion, and if that is what is on their minds then so be it. I attended a "public" meeting on April 25 at City Hall where council discussed their financial plan. Any guesses at how many members of the public attended? Zero.
That's right not one single member of the community attended, but you can bet your, hell, bet MY bottom dollar that there will be a great deal of negative comments when the story about the city's financial plan appears online.
Does anyone actually want anything done, or are they just happy to piss and moan from the comfort of home under a pseudonym?
The real world is not on your computer, it's outside your door, if you really want something done get out there and do it.