I’m going to rant a little today, I’m afraid. It’s a post that I had to write, both because I care about my work “environment”, and I care about my colleagues. I’m talking about internet road rage. You know, the cyberplace where you don’t have to face the music in person so you act out in ways that are ugly, hurtful, and sometimes, disgusting? I’m talking about that volatile “place” that demonstrates our fundamental breakdown in social evolution, in manners and boundaries, and above all, meaningful communication.
The world is a crazy place and we now have access to its darkest corners, all day long, 24/7. To my chagrin. But what we need to focus on for now is how writers add to and detract from this environment. How we treat one another is a commentary on how we view our worth as a whole, our importance (or lack of) to culture and society. We are the thinkers and creators, the match to the fire. How we conduct ourselves matters, not just to us individually, but to all those whose lives we touch.
Social media posts, journals, blogs, forums, review sites. These places are where writers live, and to my horror, the “writers gone wild” culture appears to be growing.
A few disturbing things I’ve seen lately (in abundance): [Read more…]