So, that was 4 month's ago. I should just pack it up, and consider myself a lazy bastard.
There has been so much I've wanted to talk about. So much I've wanted to touch upon, mention, dive into (insert any number of cliches here______). I no longer have my DSLR, since I sold it to @Videograndpa, however, that being said, we both have begun a new podcast series on www.videograndpa.com that tech lovers & video enthusiasts should check out. It's simply called The Video Grandpa Podcast, and has taken up most of my time on top of what already has been a hectic work schedule. Basically, it's 1½ hours of me and Chris discovering new beers as we complain about patent trolls, outdated IP laws, and new technology. Give it a listen, and let me know what you think.
This will be a simple post....a small rant. And I'll keep it short: Don't be a douche. I am not necessarily speaking to you (Although I'm sure, at some point in all our lives, we've exhibited douchey behavior).
We live in a much smaller world today than we did 50 years ago. We have the Internet. Everyone has a voice. More often than not, that's a good thing. Through various forms of social media, free-expression, and bravery, virtually anyone can now be heard. And plenty of positive things have resulted from people speaking out. However, it's that small vocal group of trolls I am concerned about. And not because we must rid the world of trolls and trollish behavior. That's impossible. It's our reaction to these trolls.... this mindless, antiquated behavior, that we must control.
When we hear what we perceive to be a negative idea or a threat, real or not, we position ourselves to take one of two options:
- Dismiss the voice, and choose to ignore whatever impact it may have. (Often, it is none)
- Or respond.
Both have implications. For example, I can decide to ignore North Korea's threat to nuke Austin, or, I can decide to panic and suggest to my local Representative that we should bomb them first. Both have repercussions. Ignore a serious threat, and perhaps the east side of Austin turns into a shiny sheet of glass. React too irrationally, and you start World War 3. This example may be going above and beyond what is likely to happen, but exaggerations aside, it's becoming far too common for people to react irrationally to things that are far less serious.
They react with hate. With fear. With 5th grade humor, mixed in with the filthy vitriol that is usually reserved for specific hate groups. It's disgusting and it sets us all back. More often than not, it's nothing more than a vocal minority with a chip on their shoulder, hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet.
Responses can be constructive. They can be critical and enlightening. They don't have to be derived from fear and panic. So I ask, if you are going to respond, please do so with maturity. Respond with your intellect. Think before you act. You can have a voice, and not come off as a douche. And the best part is, you will move the conversation forward, instead of setting us all back.
People are always going to complain. People are always going to make threats. People are always going to overreact. Some of it will be justified. Some of it will not. It's how WE respond that affects the outcome.