Last year when I was reading some newspapers (that I’d bought for the Sudoku puzzles) in a holiday cottage in Cornwall, I remarked to my partner, Helen, that a large majority of the “opinion” pieces in the newspapers were basically negative. The journalists seemed to pride themselves on their sarcasm and negative wit. I wasn’t on their wavelength (because I was chilling out on holiday), so I wasn’t able to join in and go “haha, yeah that’s crap” or whatever. Instead I just saw them as moaning and being horrible about someone or something or some place – and it totally didn’t appeal to me.
In fact it reminded me of when I was younger and *I* used to talk like that about everthing. I think a lot of people get into that sort of negative/slagging off/complaining mindset when they are younger. The important question is: do they ever get out of that mindset? I hope so…
Helen just sent me a link to this article by a jounalist who came to the same realisation about themselves many years ago. They also commented that blogs are often very negative and I agree, that’s why I’ve avoided negative posts and complaining on my blogs. Forums can be very similar. And if you’ve ever actually read any of the comments that people leave on youtube.com, then you know how extreme it can get.
Basically it boils down to “Speak ill of no man”. Don’t slag of people, or companies, or products, or places etc because it just gets you in that negative mindset and you’ll end up surrounded by more negative people either moaning with you or attacking you back!
So on that note, keep your Internet output positive and have a great weekend!