This week I’ve had more reminders than usual that actual, real people read this blog; having met two in person and having had a couple more people I knew “in real life” mention they read sometimes. When you’re pounding the keyboard and blasting the text into cyberspace, it’s pretty easy to think of your interaction with others only in the abstract. So, it’s a nice reminder — as well as a cautionary tale — when the real world collides with the blog.
I think inhibitions are lowered on the Internet. So, if I get to feeling strongly about an issue or if a person riles me up, it’s a lot easier for me to just type out an emotional, angry response in a way I would never do if I were talking to people face to face. I had a class in college about the Internet where we discussed that the difference might be as simple as the potential for a punch in the nose in meatspace. Act out in the real world, and the potential is there to receive a “slight correction” as they used to say in the dog shock collar commercials.
With that in mind, for the most part, I strive for some degree of civility around here. And the regulars around here, by and large, seem to do the same. I wanted to thank you folks for reading and commenting and making this a fun place for me to maintain. We’re entering into the silly season of the campaign calendar now. I expect I’ll get carried away every now and again. I feel awfully strongly, particularly about this Presidential campaign. So I’m going to apologize in advance but try not to go too nuts. I suspect a lot of you are going to be going through some of the same stuff. So, to the extent you can, bite down hard, count to ten before you post, and hold on tight, I think it’s going to be a bumpy ride.