Wednesday, 12 March 2008
This Online Malarkey
Oh how I love the internet. Different people of varied colour, intellect and background, typing away, all trying to make their mark known. Some with pleasure and some with frustration venting their anger on the poor machine. Am a member of a Nigerian online community and this is the reason am writing today. I love using the forum and learning about other people's opinion about different subjects but boy! sometimes I log off seething. You come across all sorts of people. Recently a young girl of about 22 has become the object of my incessant anger. Apart from the fact that she is a multi-profiler (Oh yes another freedom the internet avails you; multiple personalities) she is also rude. Why do people feel that just because they are behind a computer screen they have to put all ethics beside? The fact that it is a Nigerian online community makes it even worse because from where we come from, younger people show a lot of respect for the older folks and just because you all have access to the internet does not make you all equal in intellect, age and otherwise. The frustrating thing about using such forums is that you cant reach out to wack the idiot across the face. Many a times I wish I could make my frustrations known by firing back at her but its all just going to turn into such a major mess so all I'm left with is to show her that I'm the bigger person by keeping quiet; let her wallow in all her stupidity. Perhaps more frustrating is the older folks in the house who suck up to her and let her get away with such belligerence.