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Foul language fouls outPosted Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 12:13 PM
John Carney blogged today about some recent story comments containing accusations.
He's right. But I've been concerned by another aspect.
What's stood out to me is the amount of foul language, if not sheer hate, in many comments.
Add those to the extremist political rhetoric, insinuations and distortions being spewed these days nationwide and it's obvious there are a lot of angry people these days.
Some people obviously think that if they come across as intimidating and forceful, then the "other side" will cave in and agree with them. Not gonna happen, folks. Obscenity-laden retorts, hateful accusations and name-calling, and this has been going on for months from too many people, only make the writer look bad.
Several of those read almost like a written transcript of a bar brawl, the same attitude as those who think they can physically pound someone into submission.
What you're actually reading are written forms of abuse.
Angry? Cool it. Channel and harness that anger and express yourself reasonably -- and you can make a real difference. Heated personal attacks usually result in exactly the opposite of the desired effect.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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