Ok well not exactly with this picture but the following story. I don’t know exactly how many times I have written about it, here or elsewhere but again I am ticked off.
Reading the online newspaper – the one that I also used to enjoy reading offline- I came across an article by a journalist that really struck me as pathetic. Now don’t get me wrong…I get worked up over a lot of things but the moment I close the paper or turn off the computer, it is forgotten.
Only this time this oh so selfless experiment by this journalist/dude, pissed me off. Granted he was writing about the hype around “Chatroulette” and if you ask me, “Chatroulette” is silly but hey, who am I to judge? Really, whatever floats people’s boats…
Anyway this so called journalist writes about how anxious he was while he typed chatroulette.com, not knowing what would expect him before he continues to enlighten us with the fact that he is a “social offliner”. That he doesn’t particularly enjoy chatting online, doesn’t need to use 140 characters to express himself on Twitter and how unnecessary constantly updating his status on Facebook is. Judging by his name he’s in his twenties or thirties but I could be wrong. I have to say if you’re a journalist, who doesn’t know shit about web 2.0 and you couldn’t care less about it, then shut the hell up and get on with your “real life”.
A lot of people actually enjoy blogging, Twitter, Facebook and Chatroulette. It’s a hobby like any other. You’re socializing online but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have friends in the offline world. And to slash someone for displaying exhibitionism to a certain extend online, you may as well go into a club on a Saturday night and do the same with the scantily-clad masses, expressing themselves while dancing.
If you’re calling yourself “social offliner”, you’re not entitled to have your say about what does and doesn’t fly in the online world. You can say that it is not for you but don’t get all judgemental and act all high and mighty. Dipstick.
P.S. Dear ……. Online Paper,
If you insist on paying someone to write about things they don’t know anything about, think again next time. You wouldn’t want to be treated by a doctor’s assistant the next time you’re in need of urgent medical attention now, would you?
I know for a fact that you employ competent people, with actual IT/computer/online knowledge. Why not let them write about online stuff they actually know about like they have a hundred times before?
Just a thought.