Sunday, November 9, 2008

Racist Content - Be Warned

One of my more eye catching titles don't you think? I've wanted to do a post about this for some time, only I've never really known how to approach it. I think things like racism and religion are very hard subjects to address at the best of times. I could give my religious views, but because there are so many varieties of what people believe in, I would inevitably say something that another person wouldn't agree with. And I'm all about not making enemies.

Anyway here goes.

I have a Yahoo! email account and when you go onto their homepage there's this little box in the middle containing the most recent headlines for your choice of current affairs, entertainment and sport. Obviously top of my list is the sport section. Today I saw THIS story about former Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso being gracious to the new Champion, Lewis Hamilton (congrats Lewis by the way, BBC Sports Personality of the Year wrapped up then). Now with the Yahoo! Eurosport stories you are able to leave comments at the bottom, which I think is a great idea as it lets people have an intelligent debate about whatever has happened. Unfortunately it seems that there aren't that many intelligent people out there, who are now free to express their rather childish, moronic, closet minded attitudes and subject the rest of us to it. Bearing in mind this is about 2 guys being polite to each other, I find it incredibly ironic that someone can leave a comment like this....

"Don't get taken in by Monkey tricks!!! Monkey Blood & all Indians come from the same family tree line!!! They talk smoothly but within them lies different intentions & motives!!! Ask any Japanese who have done business with Indians with Monkey Blood & they tell you how they got cheated every time by these DEVILS with Monkey Blood!!! Do not be deceived by Monkey Blood's words for it's as cunning as it's Indian counterparts!!! If you see an Indian & a poisonous Cobra, kill the Indian because the Indian is more dangerous than the Cobra!!! It's a fact!!!"

What else really surprised me about this is that it was only the 4th comment left about the article. No banter even leads up to it, it's just smack, right there in your face.

You can also give each comment a "Thumbs Up" or a "Thumbs Down". Needless to say I gave it a Thumbs Down, and it got reported as abuse. I think it's disgusting that there are people out there that a) believe this shit and b) are allowed to express their view to so many people. I was told a reason as to why these comments can't all be moderated, but I can't remember it. But I think it's a shame that they aren't all checked. The concept of being able to leave comments on news articles is brilliant, there's great potential for a decent debate and to be able to leave your constructive view. It's just a shame there are people out there that are abusing it in this way.

The fact that there were also 8 Thumbs Up's on that comment was a little disturbing. However, there's a flip side to that. Several people after this comment expressed their disgust at it too and also reported it as abuse. There were also 88 Thumbs Down's. Yeah, 10% agreed. But, I bet that's a lot less than there would have been 30, or 20, or even 10 years ago. I find that reassuring. That at least we're going in the right direction.

12 comments:

Psychgrad said...

I am always disgusted reading the comments left on news stories. I read the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) comments fairly regularly, but I should really stop. It just upsets me. I think a fair number of people leave dumb comments just to upset other people.

franny said...

You know the wing-nuts are out there - the Internet brings them closer.
A scary and disturbing reality.
(Thumbs Up on the Thumbs Down.)

Aunt Reeny's After Thoughts said...

That type of comment comes from the mind of a simpleton. One of my favorites is when biggots try and use religion to qualify their racist sentiments. Sad small lives they must live.

Princess of the Universe said...

That made me so sad...
And wtf? Monkey blood?

People can be so bloody ignorant...

All Mod Cons said...

Psychgrad - Totally agreed. Some of them do it for the reaction. The disappointing truth is that some of them also actually believe/mean what they say too.

Franny - That definitely seems the case. *sigh*

Reeny - The use of religion to quantify anything like that is a disgrace. Unfortunately it is something we seem to hear way too much of.

Universal - Don't be sad! But yeah, what the fuck indeed.

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Never underestimate the power of sheer idiocy.

ted said...

Wow. I've read some stupid comments on articles, but I think that one takes the cake. Monkey Blood and Indians? Wow. Talk about an ignorant, uneducated moron.

Crashdummie said...

errr ok. Sometimes it scares me thinking of what happens inside ppl lil' head... Monkey blood? whats that all about?

Stuart Peel said...

I think it tips over from idiocy into full blown lunacy. What's going on, is there a shortage of rubber wallpaper at the moment ?

Beth said...

that is so disturbing and disgusting in so many ways. You almost have to trick yourself into believeing that they are just joking. I mean, people can't REALLY be THAT ignorant....right? am I right?....

Mandy said...

>there's great potential for a decent debate and to be able to leave your constructive view.

Sadly, it's a potential that seems wasted far too often, in favour of rants, abuse, and total intolerance of anyone who disagrees.

I always console myself that these people must be really miserable most of the time and the angry ones will keel over relatively young from high blood pressure.

All Mod Cons said...

Toast - Exactly. Nice to see you again too!

Ted - Mate, you should check out some of the other F1 articles. The mind boggles.

Crash - I believe it is a reference to our African cousins. Could be wrong though.

Stuart - I believe there is!

Beth - Unfortunately I think it is the reality. What makes it worse is that that isn't the worst thing I've read...or heard.

Mandy - It's one of the things that I like about blogs, that the comments are pretty much always constructive. It's just these "public" forums that are deluged with dross.

High blood pressure...if only!