I am doing my normal internet reads today. I start with twitter and am entertained by the people I follow. My favorites are all the tattoos that are posted by some of the best tattoo artist in the world. In addition, it is way to keep track of what my friends and fam are doing on a daily bases.
Next I head over to The Facebook (I really like the original name) for more indepth look at where people are doing and what they are ranting about today. One friend has an interesting exchange with another friend about the difference between disrespect and racism. Another friend also posted some anti Obama administration rhetoric which is annoying, but not all together inappropriate. I know these people and know their views and it is my decision to be friends with them, so it is all good.
Next I check emails, personal before work. Priorities!! Read my daily offering, add them to my mental wish list like the 5 day trip to Paris on Living Social or those cute Jimmy Choo sandles on Rue La La. Then check out work emails, just a quick scim. Take care of anything I can take care of quickly. Then I am on Yahoo.com for my news. Read complete stories that interest me like today there was an interesting item regarding Facebooks investors and them going IPO. Thought is was very interesting that Mark Z will retain 28.2% of the company. Why is it so important to include the .2%, why not round it up? Well that .2% is projected to represent over $200 million dollars. It is all relative.
The last thing I do is a google search on whatever I happen to be obsessed with at the moment. It can range from self publishing to tattoos (big surprise there) to restaurants I want to eat at to the people who I want to know. It is usually among these searches that I discover more examples of why people on the internet are “delusional.”
It occurs when a person holds a conversation with the virtual world and spits out their opinion on people and/or place that they have never meet/been to or seen. I am not talking about blogs or post, I am talking about the comments that follow after. I won’t link to the specific article, but you can google it yourself if you are so inclined.
My latest obsession is Michael Voltaggio. They are replaying season 6 of Top Chef. He recently opened a much anticipated restaurant in LA called ink. and I am excited to try it.
Now, I do a google search to see if he is still married and how his kids are doing since it was mentioned very briefly in his Wikipedia page that he was recently divorced. Innocent search, Is Michael Voltaggio married? It took me to a chat sit where people had a conversation about this very subject. He is married, he is separated, he is divorced, she lives in Florida with the girls. Then it turned into, he is an arrogant ass who cares more about his career then his family, she supported him and now that he is successful, he dumped her, he went on top chef and she cheated on him, but he probably cheated on her. She is a saint who worked as a nanny to support him and his daughters and was verbally abused during the marriage of 10 years. It just went on and on.
I am readying all of this and then I discover that the person who is fueling all this negativity is the wife’s sister. What in the world? What was she trying to prove? What did she hope to accomplish? It all seemed so bizarre that a person would even waste her time to go on this random chat site to defend her own sister from the opinions of virtual strangers. It is delusional that she would every dignify that ridiculousness by responding.
And, what about her sisters privacy and her nieces who don’t need help from auntie to create an impression on their own father. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am all about standing up for what you believe in and the internet gives people that opportunity to do that, but let’s keep in perspective people. I can go on and on about people I don’t know and give my opinions on people I have never meet. I try to keep it positive, but I just don’t find it even necessary to try and defend people I do know because no one is every going to have the perception of that person the way I have.
I have a friend who is famous and I know him very well. Very close to him and his family. During a time in his life, he did something that he wasn’t proud of and fully admitted that to us, his family. But, when the general public made their opinion known about what he did thought television, internet and radio. It would just pist me off. They all had this opinion of him that was so far off base. I want to call in and let the world know that they were wrong about him. But, I couldn’t do that. It would not have been appropriate. In defending him I would have had to make public a relationship and a family that I hold dear to my heart and it was not worth it. It didn’t matter what others thought of him because it had no effect on how I feel about him or what kind of person he is.
So, my message to Keri Adam’s and her sister, take care of yourselves. The opinions on the internet don’t mean shit in your day to day life.
For those who think they will change the world by spouting your opinion on a random chat site or comment on everything your read, create, write, share something original and see how you feel when random people comment on it. If it is positive, it makes you feel good, but if it is negative let me know how it makes you feel.
For me, my goal for 2012 was to maintain PMA – Positive Mental Attitude. It is a constant work in progress. I know that my little blog will not change the world. My only hope is that i can continue to offers people a glimpse into what makes me happy and it’s a bonus to me if it makes you happy, too.