Frustration that is Internet


I read a lot of things on the Internet. I read Facebook updates, Twitter stream, several newsletters I receive in my inbox, a few dozen blogs, and all the cool links that my colleagues share internally. While majority of the things is funny, interesting, or at least boring, there are a dozen or so things each day that I find disturbing or I seriously disagree with. Especially Facebook and Twitter are a large source of contentious material. In cases of such content I almost always feel a strong urge to respond and to voice my dissent. My on-line career started in the fall of 1991 when I got my first modem. It was a 1200BPS device so not much information could come through it, but it was sufficient to connect to local Bulletin Board Systems, which started to pop-up just around that time. At first I was just a passive observer, but over time I started to participate in increasingly more discussions. Especially when the BBS that we set up at Bežigrad grammar school kicked off, I found myself making up to 250 replies per day (I'm pretty sure Aleš Golli still remembers our fights over merits of Borland Pascal vs. Clipper).

After the initial fascination with instant communication faded away, I started to develop coping mechanism not to try to correct everyone who's wrong on-line. While others might have opted to disconnect entirely, for me it was never an option to disengage. What I did instead was to limit my engagement. These days, I strive not to get in more than three on-line discussions per day (preferably less). When I do catch myself arguing more, I tell myself that I should pick fights if I ever want to change anything and not to drown in the cacophony of Internet.

That's my approach of coping with one of the frustrations of living in an on-line word. What's yours? Please, share in the comments.

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