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Friday, February 24, 2012
Why All The Drama??
Let's be clear. I avoid online drama (or real-life drama, for that matter) like the plague. And I've not been involved in any of these recent online quarrels. But...just from being present in the general vicinity, I've picked up on the current of negativity. One word, peeps. Privacy!
You're shaking your head and really wanting to pound those keys and unleash your own drama llama avatar...I know. I can feelz it. Refrain! Why? Because your online dramas don't just affect the ones you're sparring with. It leaks out all over the social networks and brings us all down.
I'm moody enough, people. Just ask my husband.
Just to illustrate, picture this....I'm swimming in the warm currents of posts about a baby's first poop, or cat caption pictures that make me squirt coffee out my nose, or wondering why cousin Al even bothers getting married when his relationship status changes every equinox. And whammo! Here comes the drama riptide dragging me down. Somebody did something to somebody, and I have no idea how or why. All I know is nasty words are flying about like mutated fireflies and there's all these !!! everywhere.
How am I supposed to enjoy my coffee and go back to anything productive after all that? Honestly!
Please don't make me give you the Drama Llama Award. I've heard it's 10x heavier than an Oscar and smells like my uncle Daryl's feet.
Save the drama for your mama or your llama or better yet...do it in private!!! If you have an issue with someone or a group of someones, send private messages or emails. If they don't stop what you consider harassing, IGNORE it. Stay away from the venue for a while. Supposedly, there are other things to do besides being online. That's what I've heard anyway.
Not unlike that Kevin Costner movie from long ago..."If you ignore it, it will go away." Really. It does. Don't respond, and eventually, they'll stop too.
Better yet, don't even engage in a public forum in the first place. That's the first mistake. Because, once you do, the you-know-what hits the fan, and that crap's hard to wash out of the pleather. The negativity spewing over into innocent bystanders' surfing time makes them want to ditch the place. And that's a shame. We shouldn't be running anyone else off because we're too riled up to step away and cool down. YOU be the wiser one and engage privately. If the other person refuses to do the same, THEN ignore. They'll move on to better activities, like Scottish boar wrestling. I know this from experience.
**Disclaimer--This is in no way targeted to one or even a few individuals. It's a comprehensive warning to all you drama llamas out there, though I'm certain the compulsion to think "It's all about me!" will strike. So, if I see yet one negative post HERE, into da trash it goes. Why? Cause dis is MY blog, dat's why!
Respectful, positive, and witty comments are welcome! Until next time...save your mama, kill a llama.