Daily Archives: January 26, 2022
I’ve been using computers to communicate with people for nearly 35 years. I started in the chat rooms of Yahoo, looking for interesting people to chat with, to include women. Those days of carefree anonymity are gone; now we have social media, which is a much more restrictive form of communication. It is highly policed, and you can get kicked off of it if you say the slightest wrong thing to a sensitive person.
Facebook was my first experience with social media, and I wasted no time getting myself in trouble with a girl I knew from high school. Pretty, bookish, but a total snob. Would not give a nerd like me the time of day. I friended her, and she friended me back. Now I talk politics just about everywhere I go online, and in the course of doing so, called Allan West an Oreo Cookie, which was racially charged shot, but one I did not consider racist because Allan West is working for massa.
This girl wasted no time in publicly “unfriending” me for what I said. I got super pissed and went after her online. This would be the first time I ever went after a woman online. It wasn’t because women make me mad or that I am threatening in any way; I was done being judged by a high minded bitch. I lost control of the situation, which dragged out for days.
I’ve graduated to Twitter now. I’ve got the hang of it; hundreds of people “follow” me because I pass along interesting information, or have good quips. But recently, I got myself in trouble again. A woman made some comment about Joe Manchin, and I told her “He’s a Republican”. She came back telling me that it was an ignorant and uneducated take and that I didn’t understand red state politics. I live in Georgia; I told her I didn’t mean it literally, and used the word “hon” in my response.
Holy shit, people. I found myself jumped by nearly 300 women telling me I was a misogynist and a rapist. I argued with them for six freaking days until I exhausted all of their patience. I don’t feel bad about what I did. I went a little too far and called one of them a bitch, but still, that’s a long way away from being a woman hater or an abuser. Well, my behavior apparently crossed a few lines and people who know how to work Twitter better than me got me suspended for 12 hours. A mere slap on the wrist. It’s not like I don’t have better things to do.
Social media can be a warzone. Tread carefully out there, there’s a bunch of people out there waiting to misunderstand you.