Internet can turn very vicious/Paul Peterson
First of all, let me be perfectly clear. I’m not a fan of cyberspace, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, texting or whatever you want to call it.
Personally, I think more marriages have been ruined, more reputations destroyed and more bad information dished out by modern technology these days.
What the heck, I typed out the last story on an old Royal model at the Daily Mining Gazette before computers were moved in 30 years ago.
But either out of curiosity or boredom (I’m opting for the latter), I decided to try sports blogs last month for a short time.
What I quickly discovered is that black is not black and white is not white in cyberspace. In short, whatever you say is going to be disputed by someone out there.
Even the most innocuous of comments will elicit a negative response.
Take, if you will, my comment in a Louisville newspaper after the NCAA basketball title game between Michigan and Louisville.
Duly giving the Cardinals credit for winning, I also stated that the officiating was the worst ever seen in a national championship game.
I didn’t even mention that the Wolverines came out on the short end of several key calls late in the game.
I was instantly called all sorts of vile names by Louisville fans, who I thought probably were feeling more than a bit guilty about getting most of the breaks from the stripers in the game.
Had the Boston Marathon bombing occurred before the NCAA game, I’m sure I would have gotten my share of the blame for that incident.
Probably the most amusing blog reply came after I suggested in a Detroit paper that Pistons general manager Joe Dumars probably should lose his job for a series of bad decisions that have led to the trainwreck the team has become.
I wrote that one of the largest blunders by Dumars was drafting the “Great White Stiff” Darko Milicic ahead of Carmelo Anthony. But I made the mistake of referring to Milicic as a Lithuanian.
The reply came swiftly from another blogger: “Paul, you just (expletive) off the entire nation of Lithuania. Darko is a Serb.”
Perhaps the most revealing of my comments came after I took Tigers manager Jim Leyland to task for resting red-hot Torii Hunter and Omar Infante after just a few days of the season and inserting light-hitting Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago.
While the large majority of fellow bloggers agreed with my comment, I was shocked by the viciousness of many toward Leyland.
I have been a longtime critic of the Tigers manager for his questionable moves on the field, but I would have never attacked him personally.
I’m sure off the field that he’s a decent person – not the villain many bloggers were verbally going after.
But that’s the sometimes vicious world of blogs, which, by the way, I intend to stop very soon.
I don’t want to be blamed for starting World War III …