Is there anything more annoying than someone telling you to ‘stay positive, stay strong, you’ll get through this’??
Don’t worry, my world hasn’t come crashing down around me, I’ve just found a lot of sites recently where mutual support seems to be de rigeur.
There’s a million and one blogs out there documenting someone’s personal meltdown. Sympathy addicts and attention seekers, depressives, anyone who’s basically inadequate…you’ll find ’em all hovering round these sites like flies on shit, spewing out their platitudes and ‘relating’.
Back when I was far more disgruntled than I am now, I used to fantasise about smashing people’s heads in with a spade. (People I didn’t like you understand, not just random people in the street.)
Well that urge has come back to me now. I need some kind of virtual spade so I can give these ingrates the clobbering they deserve. Some kind of virtual shouting device would also be good so my beating could be accompanied by maniacal bellowing.
Yes, I like the fact that the net is a fascinating place where communities take root, networks flourish etc, but there is too much vacuousness for my liking.
Empty, meaningless words thrown into cyberspace just for the heck of saying something. Idiots.
As for the bloggers themselves, some of them are just as bad. I’m sure that for many, it’s a genuinely therapeutic activity. The messages of support they receive by the thousand probably also go some way to alleviating the psychological hell that is their lives.
But some of them just relish the attention.
Once the initial crisis has passed, they have to come up with some more shit to keep the readers entertained. Hell they may even have advertising revenue to consider now!!
People are cottoning onto the fact that there’s money to be made on the net with frank, confessional and often scandalous material.
Anyone with an ounce of imagination and some net marketing nous can make a few quid now, maybe a lot more.
I’d probably do it myself but I can’t be bothered. And besides I couldn’t very well slag myself off.
What am I saying, of course I could, I’d just invent another online persona and do it through them.