To comment or not to comment?


...and, if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet! You can find a lot of people there who don't like you! I'd like to address some of them now! BabsonLacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan, you can suck it. Cougar Letter, you can really suck it 'cause you've been after me all year.
-Tina Fey

Internet has become a mecca for people who love writing (hey there!), singing, acting, or just bitching, but have never before had a medium to use. And of course, it's a great place to go if you ever feel inferior - there's a whole bunch of untalented people out there, just waiting for your harsh comments.

Lately, I've been obsessed with a girl on YouTube, mirandasings08. As her screen name suggests, she is desperate to become a singer, but is really not that good. Her videos are full of rude comments aimed at her. She keeps telling the haters to "back off", and saying that she is conceited would be an understatement of the year. There are speculations on many of her videos that what she does is not real - that perhaps she is purposely being a terrible singer, but what would she gain by that? And if she is for real, is it okay to leave incredibly rude comments below her videos? Also, lately, I've had a little situation on my blog as well, where I mentioned another person's blog post in one of my posts. Needless to say, the person was offended and there was a huge debate in the comments section.

So do rules of 'netiquette' say anything about being critical of others' work online, or is that a taboo subject? My personal opinion is that if anyone posts something publicly, then the person should be prepared for both positive and negative feedback. I also believe that if one is unsure of whether he or she can handle criticism, then they are not yet ready to publish their stuff. What do you guys think?

And finally, a sample of mirandasings08.


12 comments:

Couldn't agree with you more and I was thinkin the same thing a few days ago, maybe you know why lol. It is the plain and simple truth, if you can't handle constructive criticism, you are nowhere near ready for reality so there is no point in publicly doing something where you know the public are and will react. If it is negative, then you're gonna have to deal with it, simple! Great stuff =)

 

Hehe, I completely agree! Thanks for feedback (and for being on my side). You rock.

 

ya i agree, to go public is to invite the dogs on. i have a buddy named carlos who through humble apologies cause he sucks is still compelled to sing karaoke, like it's his duty.to not sing is the sin. who gives a fuck what mean stupid gits think, our salvation is at stake here.

 
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If someone is going to put themselves out there for the whole world to read, then they should be prepared for all comments, good or bad. The comments doesn't mean they have to taken them to heart. After all, aren't they supposed to be themselves and not be afraid of what others think of them?!

 

I think you can look at this from another view as well. Think of all the traffic you have gotten just because you started a somewhat controversial post. I am not necessarily condoning always posting on controversial subjects but I have heard in the past that it can be a great traffic booster. In fact, I can think of a couple Youtube videos that I have seen in the past that are famous just because they are so bad.

 

Nikola have I offended you in some way?

 

I actually went to this link and watched as many of the videos as I could watch and I think she knows she's bad and thrives on the attention!

 

This reminds me of another YouTube singer named Tina Chen. I love her, have her songs downloaded, and she's even one of the ringtones on my phone, but she's terrible. Lots of people think that she is just doing it for the attention.
But as for netiquette, I don't know how this works, but I just don't say mean things to people even if they do suck. There's no point in being mean. That's how I see it.

 

I say if she's enjoying herself that's great. I don't even have the guts to sing in the shower so she has my admiration!

 
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hoteltuesday, I think you definitely have a point.

waiting4love, why should I be angry with you? :)

Dante, I read the same thing, but it doesn't really work in practice.