11/01/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The worst place to take on a complex issue, Mr. Olbermann, is your Twitter account. I know that this might be hard to hear, but it is the truth. Let me be blunt, as I am often on the receiving end of some of the worst in the world either directly or indirectly, it is difficult to impossible to be polite to people when all they do is attack you. It is hard to see the humanity in people when what they do is degrade and denigrate you. It is hard to say to someone that we are sorry for your loss when the father of someone passes away when that someone gets up on stage and calls you and everything about you subhuman.
Taking to your twitter account to state:
“It wasn’t a big shark but Jon Stewart jumped one just now with the “everybody on Thr [sic] cable is the same” naivete”, and “The American before today’s cable wasn’t the reasonable discussion.It was the 1-sided lockstep of Fox and people afraid of Fox. That got us into Iraq”, and finally “I wish it was otherwise. But you are tone down all you want and the result will be: the Right will only get LOUDER. Sorry.”
Mr. Olbermann, I have been called everything from ‘ignorant’ to an ‘illiterate cunt rag’, and let me say, I am not the most stable person in the world. I am almost the stereotype of the blogger who lives in her parent’s basement. I live on the second floor. I suffer from social anxiety disorder, and very specifically from a severe form of androphobia. Needless to say, there have been times when my friends and coworkers on this blog have had to pick up the pieces of my shattered emotions and help me carry on, and yet, I try very hard to not lash out and attack every single person out there. I try not to denigrate my opponents. I try to use humor to go after my subjects.
Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury that you or Mr. Stewart do. I write somewhere between five and fifteen stories in a day. I am constantly immersed in what I am doing be it this blog work or working on my MA in Women’s Studies. I cannot always pick my words properly, and the slightest spelling error can elicit a response from people questioning my sanity, my literacy, and my intelligence. I am a very intelligent woman, but people always seek to denigrate and degrade me. I do not have a staff of writers working hard to get something done for me either.
While you are right that the Right will try to talk over us and get louder, there comes a point where we must also offer civility. The members of the Tea Party want what most of us do- less spending, smaller government, and fairness- unfortunately, all they have heard is the bickering back and forth between the sides.
We live in a day and age when an attack upon a person’s words are an attack on the person themselves. We live in an age when it is easier to pull out the ‘card’ and claim that any attack on you is racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, or what have you. It is easier than saying ‘look, I was wrong’ or ‘look, this is my opinion, let us discuss it’.
Mr. Olbermann, your points are valid in terms of the fact that the Right will just get louder, but, seriously, Twitter is not the best place to make those statements. It is just too small a format to work effectively.