Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dear Internet, Quit Being Stupid

What does one do when there is an urge to write and nothing appeals as a topic? It isn't that I don't have opinions about so much happening in our world, it's just that I'm tired of trying to be heard. The amount of appallingly ignorant information available online has overwhelmed my mind. If one can't count on accuracy, how does one proceed to inform oneself? I have been shouted down so many times I'm tired of trying.

All this leaves me with my daily life as a source of blog material. I'm boring. No doubt about it, just plain darn boring. I don't participate in marathons, don't kayak white water rapids. I've never had the urge to jump out of a plane wearing a parachute. I don't hobnob with billionaires or with the artsy fartsy.

I could, I suppose, completely disappear and come back as some sort of fantasy character who is filthy rich enough to rub elbows with celebrities whose exploits would provide us with hours of stupid entertainment all a figment of my fertile imagination. I'd be found out in a heartbeat since my interest and therefore my knowledge of pop culture is slim to none and reducing. If I have to hear about Lindsay Lohan one more time I just might puke.

I am so over listening to stupid people talk about politics online that I'm spending more time online playing Tetris and less time talking to people. Please, if you don't know the difference between a dictatorship, a monarchy and a democratic republic, shut up. Just. Shut. Up.

I, who actually hate housework, have arrived at a point where I'd rather do housework than surf the internet. If that doesn't tell you how much stupid is found online, nothing ever will. I've been exposed to so much of the stupid for so long that it actually has begun to burn. And I have discovered that I might quite possibly be insane. If insanity is doing the same damn thing the same damn way and expecting a different damn result, then I am literally a looney tune.

I keep logging onto the internet, going to the same places and hoping that everyone has finally grown a brain. And I find the same old bullshit happening. Same misinformation. Same people fighting with each other. Same number of trolls, bullies, spammers and sock puppets stirring the shit stew. They don't ever take a break, do they?

I started this blog back in 2008, and until a couple of months ago I would have maybe 25 page views a day. All comments were from online friends or others who found themselves here and possibly moved to say something. Not anymore. Now my page views are pushing 100 a day and my spam comments are equal to the number of page views I used to get before I became a spammer's haven. It's gotten so bad that Adsense has informed me I "seem to have a popular blog" and maybe I should consider monetizing. NO! Just NO!

Some of these spammers seem to feel that they need to describe the dog on woman action that is found in the pictures I'd see if I'd only click on the link they provide. Yeah, they leave me long and graphic comments at the rate of 20 to 25 a day. Plus the link back to their sites. At first I was asking myself why they do things like this. Then it dawns on me, they do it because it works. And right there is my entire problem with those who inhabit the internet. They're incapable of using their heads long enough to decide not to click the links. Then they complain about the amount of spam one finds on the internet. It's always someone else's responsibility to fix the problem. A problem that they most likely contributed to because they click every link they find. I bet they'd even click a link that said it actually was a computer virus that would kill your computer.

Internet link clickers, there is no excuse for you, leave. Unplug your power source and stay offline until you learn how not to encourage spammers, trolls and sock puppets. My life would be so much better if you did that.


  1. Sherry,
    I haven't had to contend with much by way of spammers, trolls, or the like. It does seem a couple have crept in on Twitter but I'm just ignoring them. I did go back to Facebook when most of my family who had dropped off rejoined, so it remains to be seen if I'll get spammed from that direction. Here, I think I've only ever had two comments that even made my spam folder. Mostly I get comments from former Blogstreamers. The only time I have gotten into weird comment exchanges is when I have posted on a message board on one or another of the sites I have visited. Still, from comments I have read here and there, I know what you mean about trying to reason with SHOUTERS. I can almost hear my words clanging off their closed minds.

    1. And, of course, the only other comment I got on this post is a spammer. However, my diatribe seems to have reduced my visitors back to the normal amount which is a good thing. I don't know why people seem to feel that they absolutely positively must be rude and abusive towards others online, but it seems to be some sort of game that earns them something. Who knows? Maybe they get paid for it.

      I read somewhere that there is a window of opportunity during which people will listen and carefully consider the facts of others before forming their own opinion. After that they listen to absolutely nothing that doesn't support the opinion they've formed. For far too many that window closed when Fox News began it's first broadcast. *sigh*

  2. I have noticed Sherry that I receive alot more spam and gunk in my gmail account now that I never did before.