When getting ‘likes’ and ‘hits’ is all that matters

This is another post I write on the spur of the moment. Sometimes it feels liberating to let words flow on the keyboard in a natural way. I needed to vent and I’m lucky enough to have a blog where I can rant and babble nonsense if I feel to 😉 However… when the need to vent is made at the expense of someone else, is it still fine? What if that someone is even ‘indicated’ in the article? Does not that become an impolite and rude bullying of an innocent person? I’ll explain myself better.

Today I read an article on an Italian blog where at the beginning the author was clearly mocking:

a) a group of people

b) some expat blogs

Apart from the fact that the language used in the article was clearly insulting to the people of point ‘a’, I thought that the worst part was the second one where the author was clearly deeming some immigration blogs stupid and improvised. Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinions but at some point the female author alluded to a blog in such a manner that it became clear who and what she was talking about. Needless to say, the author of the mentioned blog got aware of that, became furious and complained to the admin of that website. Rightly so; I’d have probably burnt someone at the stake if I was in her shoes. The insulting part of the article was removed and… all was fine…NOT. Because the admin of the website hasn’t clearly gotten why the second blogger was feeling offended. In the end, the post had been so popular!! Lots of shares and likes and hits. Ha. It’s what that matters nowadays. Online popularity, the more the better. If this means to step on someone else’s rights or feelings, it doesn’t really matter. Nah. For some people, loyalty doesn’t exist anymore once that hits and likes get front stage.

I don’t share this opinion, no matter how popular it is. I made a decision, when I opened this blog, not to cave in to ‘marketability’. I don’t sell products and I don’t earn any revenue from having more or less ‘hits’ on this website. There’s no meaning for me to pander to different audiences or to write likable posts, I don’t need to be internet famous, to be honest I don’t need to be famous at all.

I don’t get endless likes and retweets on this blog and it’s fine like that. I know, maybe some admins dream bigger. Perhaps hits and likes and shares become their drug, and nothing else matters anymore. However, today’s events also prompted me to think, they were food for thought. Because ‘I’ could also be thrown under the bus if somebody else’s necessity arises, I could be judged and deemed stupid, childish and backwards as the other blogger was. My blog could be easily derided by someone who thinks I’m talking nonsense all the time or asking the wrong or stupidest questions.

Well, I am about to give bad news to everyone though. Careful who you pick for bullying and mocking, because I’m not going down without a fight. Like Samson, I die with the Philistines 😉

Have a nice evening,

Merlin xxx

 

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15 thoughts on “When getting ‘likes’ and ‘hits’ is all that matters

  1. Good point Simona! Now everything is about share and likes. I would like a popular blog too, but I don’t like this “shortcuts”. It’s nice when you connect with other people, and they enjoy your writing. But they will enjoy ME and MY WRITING, not a stupid argument. I’m going to write a post about my English customers! =D I’ll publish tomorrow. It will be funny, but not mocking or bullying. I want people laught at my posts, not open a war. Does it make sense? (questa volta ho provato in inglese. com’è andata?)

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    1. I’d say you were brilliant!! E ora ti rispondo in italiano lol Sono d’accordo. Di solito scrivo su argomenti che possono essere anche controversi, ma non credo di aver mai attaccato persone apertamente. Anche perchè in UK, se non lo sai, le regole per il reato di libel & slander sono severissime. Il blog a cui facevo riferimento nell’articolo, se in UK, poteva essere soggetto a una causa legale di risarcimento, spese legali del complainant incluse, anche se aveva modificato l’articolo dopo (basta uno screenshot per provare la cosa).

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  2. Credo che prima di ogni cosa serva una Netiquette. Trovo che spesso sui social come sui blog, ci sia un’aggressività come se non si avesse di fronte una persona vera. Si dicono cose (e con tali toni) che ad un estraneo non diresti mai così crudamente ed a viso aperto. Però non ho idea di chi siano i blog in questione né di cosa sia passato tra loro 🙂

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    1. meglio che non lo sai, sennò ti cadono le braccia…. la cosa ha avuto anche successivi sviluppi. Alla base non solo mancanza di netetiquette, come giustamente sottolinei, ma anche etica professionale visto che il problema è partito da un admin di un grosso sito. Sono d’accordo che su internet qualcuno si sente spinto ad agire in modo anche diametralmente opposto a quello che farebbe nella vita ‘reale’.

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      1. Credo che, per le nuove generazioni (quelle vecchie ormai non sono recuperabili) qualcosa andrebbe insegnato anche a scuola. Sia per evitare episodi di cyberbullismo sia per evitare commenti caustici nascosti dall’anonimato. Si dice su rete quel che diresti in una conversazione formale e pubblica. Perché sei in pubblico, non al bar con amici 🙂

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      2. Hai perfettamente ragione. Tra l’altro non ci si rende conto che quel che si scrive online diventa “permanente”, persino se lo cancelli e pensi di farla franca, oppure ti permetti di dare di visionario all’offeso, basta una stampa schermo. E’ sempre e comunque una cosa “scritta” e non parlata. Eh ‘verba volant, scripta manent’ 😉 nel caso dell’articolo, anche se la parte cancellata non esiste più ma è sempre stata vista/letta da migliaia di persone mentre esisteva, una cosa impossibile se la conversazione era avvenuta, appunto, al bar 🙂

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      1. Guarda che io sono uguale!!! 😀 Mi vengono fuori dei discorsi dal cellulare che spesso non hanno nè capo nè coda ha ha e poi ho litigato col T9 fino da quando l’hanno inventato lol

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