PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Totally Disillusioned
 
Comments: 14
Article views: 363
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Totally Disillusioned's badges.
 

There are no Mirrors in a Hot Kitchen.......

10 January 2014, 11:05
A great philosopher and student of sociology once observed: “I get the distinct impression that most people are without any depth or substance; have very few original thoughts and ideas; are virtually illiterate; have an extremely short span of attention; lack insights into most matters – but have opinions and views on every subject under the sun.” [Ref-1]
An article lauding the N24 moderators, quotes various other posters as being hateful in their responses. [Ref-2]. Elimu claims if it is expected that people must simply believe scientists, then that is akin to indoctrination. [Ref-3] So we look in the mirror and we trust scientist at our peril?
N24 supplies news, (by their definition), and allows comments by readers. They have a comments policy[Ref-4], that sometimes is seen as arbitrary applied. Some comments posted are rather sulphurous, some mild as milk, some funny, some insightful, some factual etc. At least there are comments. “Nothing is worse than someone not talking about you” –OW as quoted by MP.
With the above as background, one could perhaps argue that N24 offers opportunity, (mostly[Ref-5]), to all readers to “have opinions and views on every subject under the sun”, and to air them. This situation per se would infer that any response could and should be tolerated, be it ad hominem, illogical, unrelated, irreverent, accurate, off topic, funny or factual?
In a way the system is self regulating in that the most illogical, racist, off topic, inappropriate comments and articles receive the most negative responses. There do appear certain individuals (trolls, but not all of them?), who apparently thrive on getting thumbs down responses. Unfortunately not all of them get the message that the mainstream / majority of readers do not agree. Does this however, not speak well for a democratic and free speech society?
Should one not compelled to be utterly sarcastic and as vitriolic as possible when responding to certain categories of posters? Examples:a) Dear tatu De Klerk, no sir you are European sir, not an African. Even if you were born here in Africa, uxolo tata you are too white to be an African. Yours faithfully.....Xamba. [Ref-6]b) marikana ? people where killed by who? [Ref-7]c) Shoot the boer dubula ibhunu.Afriforum Tereblanche why u mind about SA .i hate all the whites [Ref-8]d) Could not so easily get an insult to blacks, but they are there. Readers are welcome to post them. (With references)
How should one treat a comment that has repeatedly been refuted with adequate references and evidence? One that is totally illogical? One based on a patently false premise? One that clearly demonstrates that the author is using incorrect data, or believes incorrect facts? One where it is obvious that the author has not even properly read the comment he/she is responding to?[Ref-9]. What about a complete comment written in Crap?[Ref-10] Should we have different rules for philosophical topics, where the nuances of arguments are less obvious?
One certainly cannot presume that most readers of N24 are palsied, (nicely politically incorrect, so please comment on this!), or PC illiterate? Surely most can use a mouse to scroll, or are reasonable well experienced to operate a touchpad on a laptop?[Ref-11] 
Nothing compels one to read an obnoxious comment. Is it not each individual’s decision to react to any comment in whichever manner, be it anger, amusement, contempt etc, and then to respond, or not?
The frequency of each illogical comment, untrue statement and unprovoked insult is a true barometer of the un-sophistication of our education system; of that section of the population who have access to, and will participate in/on social media. Perhaps even an indictment in certain way, of our society and our leadership.
It is also an indication of our tolerance of bigots, racists, the politically incorrect, idiots and those that disagree with us. The fact that we allow comments, not the content of the said comments!
It is this same medium that will hopefully ensure that an accelerating slide towards a dictatorship and police state will not happen, as all the incipient signs are there. 
Use or we will lose it........
Ref-1 -Irukandji -www.news24.com/MyNews24/Do-you-follow-my-Twitter-20140106Ref-2 -The Fox 5366 - www.news24.com/MyNews24/Look-Into-The-Mirror-MyNews24-Haters-20140108Ref 3 –Elimu -http://m.news24.com/news24/MyNews24/Just-Believe-the-Scientists-20140107Ref-4 –Every comment, the link just towards the right and next to that red block that indicates “Report Comment”Ref-5 –Various –Especially those whose comments get deleted and more particularly those who suffer from this over weekendsRef-6 -Mngqusho Xamba - October 25, 2013 at 22:54Ref-7 -Masakane Sesoko - October 26, 2013 at 07:26Ref-8 -Poloko Pique Mphatsoe - November 9, 2013 at 07:55Ref-9 -Regular as my niece’s bowels -just about any article with more than 10 commentsRef-10 -www.news24.com/MyNews24/My-whacky-world-20140108Ref-11 –If all fails, use that button with the little pointy thing that shows towards you.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Pixie86
South Africans - such negative Na...

Every time something great happens I go to social networks with the hope of seeing my fellow countrymen celebrating with me. Instead I am always confronted with such negativity. Read more...

67 comments 3544 views
Submitted by
MikeHampton
New Political Party On its Way?

ANC envoys will undoubtedly be scurrying to and fro in an attempt to heal the Tripartite Alliance (ANC, COSATU and South African Communist Party) that has dominated the country's politics for 20 years. Read more...

9 comments 1761 views
Submitted by
XFactor
Do Africans Lack Proper Standards...

The one question that is so often the subject of heated debate between myself and my colleagues is the question on why Africa is generally so poor. And by poor I mean both intellectually and financially. Read more...

67 comments 3448 views
Submitted by
Mohamed Altaaf Raoof
Festive Season Road Carnage

It's December time. Holidays are in full swing and it's the silly season too. Every year we hear about our festive season death toll and the festive road safety campaigns that come with it. Read more...

26 comments 1793 views
Submitted by
Moneygrabber
Matric is useless!

There is no value in a matric certificate. You've been trained to take orders and you leave that way.  Read more...

52 comments 6081 views
Submitted by
Alexander Sudheim
Blitzbokke: Lessons for Heyneke

Moments after the Boks put the sword to New Zealand to be crowned winners, all I could say was: "What a revelation." Read more...

26 comments 5233 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.