September 11

I'm Better Than You - The Anti-Social MediaYesterday, I saw hundreds of messages from family members, friends, and online acquaintances, taking a moment of thier day to send thier rememberances, mourning, and greif to their friends on social networks. If I were a poet and not a blogger, I might have more moving words.

Then I see passive aggressive criticism from a small group of people. “I’m not going to post this status, instead, I will post that status because this status is self-serving.”

Seriously? Way to ruin the mood asshole.

We all remember and grieve in different ways. There’s no need to judge.

People took the time to stop and write a status update about September 11. They took the time out of their normal gossip, cat videos, and complaints about shitty customer service at McDonald’s to stop and remember. Don’t use your idea of appropriate online expression of grief, mourning, and rememberance as an opportunity to divide that moment.

As someone who is an expert at using the internet to divide and judge, this is the inappropraite moment to post that crap. There’s enough division, hate and judgement in the world. We have better things to judge online, like why we all hate Facebook and keep using it, or why some people wake up every morning and tweet “Good Morning!”

You want to see better status updates, write the update you want other people to write, and do it in a way that moves them to emulate you. Stop being what’s wrong with the internet, and start making the internet a better place.


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6 Responses to “September 11”

  1. Bojan September 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I completely agree with you on this one. It’s weird that people started flaming people who were posting 9/11 condolecenes.

    I don’t understand those people, especially people that are from USA and have a problem with that, when they should support their people. It doesn’t have to have any relation to war what so ever, it’s basic humanity.

    Basic credo would be don’t upset people with your negativity, no matter what the topic is. You aren’t smarter than the crowd, simply because you think differently!

    • Jay September 12, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      If there’s one thing we’re good at in the USA, it’s tearing each other apart.

      • Camilo Olea September 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

        Dudes, we are right behind you in Mexico in tearing each other apart. Seriously.

        • Jay September 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

          Que Horror!

  2. Sylvia September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    It always puzzles me why some people get personally offended by a display of grief, respect, etc….Especially when you’re not stepping on someone else. What’s the problem?

    • Jay September 12, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      Some people are just jerks (myself included).