Around here, a prime spot for catty anonymous comments is We Shot J.R., a Dallas-based blog devoted to local and national music. In hopes of voicing an opinion in the blogosphere without burning bridges in real life, its writers do not reveal their real names. I can understand this motive but I don't agree with this approach. On here and in real life, I'm not into hiding behind a curtain so I can say what I really think. When I blog, I choose my words carefully; I really think about what I want to say and how to say it. I say what I actually think and I may offend or annoy people this way, but that's a natural part of speaking my mind.
That said, some people that comment anonymously on We Shot J.R. love to blurt out cheap shots. Whether the shots are supposed to be funny in a twisted way, they are often immature. Here's a sampling from Monday's post:
im going to pretend it's 93 and listen to samiam albums
what a bunch of repetitious, poppy horseshit. this is music for people who don't know how to play music. or listen to it, for that matter.
Yes, I know opinions are like noses, but what's the deal with hiding behind a mask when giving one? Are we that afraid of our opinions offending people? I know I've said some things before that offended people that I didn't mean to offend. Those repercussions have made me think harder about what I say and how I say it, but still, what I say is really what I think. But for some, tact gets thrown out the window when they speak their minds. Some claim that's giving an honest opinion, but to me, that's not the way.
Sometimes people fly off handles and post laughable nonsense. Let me repost an example from something I wrote last month:
how can u possibly appriciate the green day concept album but not coheed and cambria or the mars volta? just because they have more complex storylines than the burned out ninties puke/punk of green day doesnt mean they should be under valued... seriously, maybe you should look up the story for the mars volta on google and go to any hot topic or newberry comics and buy the good apollo graphic novel
I have no problem with this person disagreeing with me, but the way the person wrote the comment (complete with major spelling and grammatical errors) shrinks the comment down to an eye-roller for me. Plus, this person's comment doesn't make much sense compared to what I wrote. I never said that I appreciated one album over the other; I discussed what I liked and disliked about concept albums by Green Day, Coheed and Cambria and the Mars Volta and that was that.
Am I being a little harsh and asshole-ish here? Maybe, but I really have no use in posting my opinions anonymously. Yes, if I were to harshly criticize a local band on a blog and then run into one of their members someplace, I'll probably be put on the spot and have to explain myself. That's not a problem for me, but for some, the thought of this happening is terrifying. Maybe these people want to spit out the initial cries of blasphemy because they think too many people think before they speak. Maybe this is an attempt to come across as unbiased, but come on, we're humans, not soul-less robots. I know I'm talking via a virtual channel here, but that doesn't mean I'm a robot myself.