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Internet thuggin': Words as a Weapon

I've been reading a number of blogs in the past few days. Some are so very well written that they make me never want to write another word anywhere.  Even with opinion being the main muse of the blogger, they were thoughtful in their choice of words.

On the flip side, there is something about the internet that prides people with the opportunity to be mean-spirited, hateful, and pushy that leaves you feeling bullied.  Having an opportunity to voice your opinion in the manner we in the US is a privilege that we take advantage of and maybe even slowing being taken away as we speak because of our arrogance.  Yes, we have the RIGHT to blog and experience this new way of expression anyway we feel but I'm just curious why use it to harm, hurt, or cause chaos?  Clevawords is an extension of Rhonda, the author.  What you see here is some aspect of me.  I expect for you to see it that way so what should I take from bloggers who insult their readership or insult certain segments of the community?  Please don't say its not YOU.

Many use the internet and conversations via the internet as a way to be who they can't or couldn't be in person.  There is a certain empowerment given to someone when you know there maybe no direct repercussions in response to the words we choose.  We see it in internet bullying or something they use to call it on Paltalk - internet thuggin'.  I think I'm always amazed why people go this route when trying to communicate and share their point of views.  There is a difference between a declarative statement and a insulting one.  The same way you learn there's a difference in being assertive and aggressive.  Aggression is cowardly, in my opinion, even though I, myself, have been on that side of it before.

The internet thug will also tell you that YOU, the receiver of the aggression, shouldn't allow the words of another harm you.  This is what Americans have become overall.  We no longer, if we've ever, take responsibility for OUR own actions but look to blame the other person[s] for their responses to our actions. Its truly cultural nowadays.  Its a part of the fabric of today's society so it gets played out online as well.


I'm not a "shock blogger" so maybe I just simply don't understand that way of expression if teaching and informing others about whatever the topic. I don't want my words to be harmful or hurtful but viewed as sincere challenges to a way of thinking and life.

No thuggin' from  me.

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