What happened to the good ol’ days when folks passed around gossip like a peace pipe over lunch at the local diner or on the kitchen phone with a cord long enough to circle the world at least one time?

What happened to the good ol’ days when folks passed around gossip like a peace pipe over lunch at the local diner or on the kitchen phone with a cord long enough to circle the world at least one time?

 

Where have those delicious, fairly benign, days gone?

 

Oh, right.

 

Facebook!

 

I do recall the days when Facebook was nothing but fun. You were able to connect with former classmates, long distance family, share stories, ideas, whatever and then, and I can’t exactly pinpoint when, it turned into a barrel of noxious, for lack of a better word, crap.

 

People get in FB fights about politics, religion, local government, the color of a freaking dress; you mention it, there’s probably a fight in there somewhere. No matter the initial gist of the topic I guarantee someone out there in cyberspace will find a reason to post a negative, uninformed, opinion and they will try to present it as a fact.

 

Then others will believe it is fact because how could it not be? It’s right there for all to see!

 

I’ve noticed a lot of times there is ONE person that stirs the pot then sits back and watches others attack the issue like piranhas feasting on a bloated corpse.

 

My work family and I are dealing with a lot of personal issues and we have been for some time. We support each other and lift each other up when one of us is having a bad day, but a lot of these situations are starting to come to a head. The enormity of it is weighing on all of us. We still show up. We still make every attempt to be polite and do whatever we can to produce a quality product six days a week, but my patience is ever-so-thin at this juncture.

 

I do not know where some people have come to think journalists are on the lower end of the food change of life, but I definitely see that attitude often.

 

People have attempted to use the argument we are infringing on their First Amendment right if we won’t publish a letter we deem unworthy for print in the Ledger.

 

Dude, you do indeed have the right to freedom of speech, however as members of the free press we have the right to refuse to print ANYTHING we deem libelous or inappropriate.

 

Something FB warriors should keep in mind as well, if they decide to go on an explosive vomiting word rampage against someone, they are certainly welcome to exercise their right to free speech, but if they violate any of the caveats that come along with it, be prepared to face the consequences. They can still be taken to task if you post libelous information.

 

Slander/libel—you do not want to mess around with either of those (The term "defamation" is an all-encompassing term that covers any statement that hurts someone's reputation. If the statement is made in writing and published, the defamation is called "libel." If the hurtful statement is spoken, the statement is "slander." Defamation is considered to be a civil wrong, or a tort.).

 

I’ve come to find once people decide one way or another what side of the fence they are on there is no reasoning with them.

 

What happened to having friendly, boisterous discussions where people could discuss their differences in a civil matter?

 

As much as I would like to interject some facts when sifting through posts that are entirely untrue, I know it wouldn’t do me any good.

 

One of the multiple problems that accompanies assuming the role of a keyboard warrior is a good percentage of the time they literally have no idea what they’re talking about.

 

They may be free with their words while sitting comfortably behind their computer, but when it comes to actually attempting to rectify a situation they may be unhappy about in a public forum? Forget it.

 

You know what I hear? Crickets.

 

Here’s a thought, though, if you have a problem with something going on in your community instead of constantly complaining  about it on FB how about, oh, I don’t know, go to the SOURCE that can help you!

 

We will post links to articles on our FB page and occasionally people will start asking questions about this or that….we are just the messenger. Do your due diligence and get in contact with the proper people who can actually explain a situation to you.

 

I often wonder, do they want answers and direction or do they enjoy complaining so much they just keep it going on FB?

 

I get overly irritated when people will post, “Well, I  heard….”

 

And more times than not what they heard is bogus, but the majority reading the post believes it.

 

Hey, I heard not long ago there was a Big Foot sighting near one of the campgrounds by the Mississippi in Mercer County.

 

Does that make it true because I heard it? Of course not. Would I print an article based on what I heard?

 

Uh, no.

 

Not every issue has to be hammered to death over and over. When it is something that is extremely straightforward, just do what you need to do and be done with it. Go to the source instead of rattling off a bunch of BS.

 

Granted, if they would, they would have to find something else to complain about on FB, but hey, I’m sure there are plenty of other issues people can glam onto.

 

Quite frankly, a part of me wishes I had so few problems I could have the luxury of complaining on FB about stuff that will NOT matter in 5, 10 or even 20 years from now.

 

My work husband, Larry and I were talking the other day regarding how many times a day we must bite our tongues to keep from reciprocating the rudeness of others.

 

We are both over it. While we will still be as polite and helpful as possible we’re not going to sit back and take a tongue lashing with a smile on our face and a song in our hearts.

 

Yes, we will own mistakes we make, but if you want to complain for the sake of complaining, better take it somewhere else.

 

I’m sure there will be some who are offended by this editorial, but I’m sick of people being offended all the dang time.

 

Simply because my point-of-view doesn’t jive with someone else’s isn’t cause for you to be offended. We just disagree. Being offended and disagreeing are two entirely different things.

 

FB warriors aren’t going to stop anytime soon. When chaos ensues over a simple post I think it encourages people to contribute what ‘they heard’ as well and suddenly you have 300 people complaining about the same topic. Again, GO TO THE SOURCE that can HELP YOU.

 

And, with that, I extend a hearty peace out.