Yesterday, 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.