Monday, October 28, 2013

What does Thumper say?

Maybe kids now don't grow up watching Bambi, but I believe that at least most of my generation did, and have therefore had reason to be reminded of Thumper's little saying, "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nuthin' at all."

Seeing the types of comments that come up on almost every blog post or article I've read online recently, I've been thinking about this a lot . There are a whole lot of people saying a whole lot of not-nice things. And this is basically what you expect to see when you scroll down to the comments section.

And the fact of the matter is, the world isn't black and white, and sometimes there are not-nice things that need saying.

So I am proposing my own version of Thumper's mantra:

If you can't say something nicely, don't say it at all.

By this I do not mean that we should say rude or sarcastic things prettily. What I mean is, if you disagree, feel free to do so. Do it tactfully, intelligently, chivalrously, without mud-slinging or name calling.

Can you do that for me, internet?


Julia Richmond said...

I respectfully agree. The internet could be such a nice place if people would make this small effort.

Julia Richmond said...

Also I love your version of Thumper's quote. :)

Preston Bowthorpe said...

I believe that People go through a de-personification (I'm sure you know a better word for this.) when they are on the internet. They don't feel the impact of what they are saying and therefore can say a lot meaner things.

Jones Family said...

It's for this very reason, I avoid reading comments on news articles and some blog posts. I just can't stand blatant rudeness! Fine, you may not think the same way as the author- but there are much nicer (and more intelligent) ways to convey your differing opinion. Thanks for this new mantra!

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