Last week one of my Facebook “friends” posted a racial slur, and dared folks to unfriend him. It must have been a surprise to him to find so many taking him up on his challenge, for he announced after a bit that he was drunk. That it required some Dutch courage before he let loose with his inner bigot should come as no surprise to anyone; Facebook has more than its fair share of drunks who feel honor bound to share not only their true feelings about life, but also indulge in more than their fair share of personal insults, as well.
There should be warning labels on electronic devices, much like the warnings on tobacco products:
DO NOT POST ANYTHING IF YOU ARE PICKLED.
We have all posted things online which may, in retrospect, not be the wisest thing to say, but those who cannot come to the conversation without alcoholic fortification generally lack the wit to realize that many of their posts may not exactly err on the side of caution.
No, they all-too-often dive right into the Lake of Stupidity, whether it be dropping insults even a sixth grader has progressed beyond, telling folks just how stupid or idiotic they think they are, or even just, like the bully in the back of the bar, simply telling folks to fuck off.
Just as in real life, alcohol can bring out the inner truth of a person, whether they be racist, sexist or just a garden variety jerk, the online world does the same, though perhaps in a heightened way. After all, the folks they are drunkenly responding to aren’t in the same room, so no doubt they believe that they have scored some moral or intellectual victory through their crudity.
That those reading what their fingers, moving in an alcohol-fueled haze, might be forming a less than complimentary idea of who they are, quite probably never occurs to these stalwarts, full as they are of Budweiser and rage at an ever-changing world.
In Vino Veritas, baby.
Today’s blog was aided considerably by the CD “The Very Best of Diana Krall.”
Then again, have you ever listened to Diana Krall, and not thought you were hearing her at her best?
Now on YouTube: WAOKA
My interview with WAOKA,
the musical duo from NW Arkansas
"On the Air with Richard S. Drake" celebrates 26 years on the air in 2017.
Quote of the Day
The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt