Reply 60 of 72, by rmay635703
Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote on 2022-11-21, 05:18:
The funny thing is that one of the reasons I joined Vogons on the first place is because this board is probably the coziest, the least politically-inclined discussion forum at that time. Politics always tend to be toxic, and that's also the reason I've been avoiding social media since 2014. That's also the reason why I've been holding such negative views on social media, especially Twitter, where toxicities like this, this, and this take place.
You will get no argument from me that the largest threat of our time is the war on being male and the subsequent fallout of the fact that 70% of men 18-39 are single, never married, no kids (you provided some of the reasons)
If you want your eyes opened
to see why it’s a problem get yourself setup with 4chan and its ilk, get into a few by invitation only situations and watch .
Your examples which are public and searchable are nothing compared to what happens in semi public but not searchable arenas like 4chan and worse. Death threats are how you say hello there and most there are usually armed in real life.
What is “unfortunate “ is the amplification of social and not so social media and its ability to draw focus of society as a whole on solely fringe comments from tin foil hats.
The individuals and entities getting butt hurt are mostly irrelevant and getting worried over things that don’t matter while ignoring actual serious problems
The net affect of social media is to amplify the thoughts of a few hundred mentally disturbed individuals and broadcast them out as if those views are common, important and mainstream
Which they aren’t.
One of the examples I most recently encountered was a woman asking a question about if the headlight enclosures on an HHR would fit her cobalt, one dude PMd her death threats and threatened her family because she asked stupid questions wasting the groups time.
For every public example there is also the less public commentary that drives folks into their corners feeling justified to make blanket accessments.