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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Indie Roadshow Roundup

The Indie Roadshow was a great success in the sense that it got people talking and asking questions. I don't want to convince writers one way or the other that it's the right way to go, only that it's an option.

If you missed any of my stops, or would like to bookmark this page for later use, here is the whole itinerary. (I'll be removing the Indie Roadshow page later this week.)  Also, if you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask. If I know the answer I'll be glad to help.

Week 1 
Mason Canyon: Game Plan

The heat continues.  We will be breaking our record for consecutive triple digit temperatures this Friday. It can't last too much longer. (I hope.)

It got me to thinking about a topic that bugs me. I read my news off the internet. The benefit of digital news is that you also get the chance to read the comments people leave. I like reading the comments almost as much as the news. But I am surprised and appalled at how hostile people become when they can hide behind anonymity
There was a recent article about the Texas heat and there was a comment from some yahoo saying, "It couldn't have happened to a better group of people. I hope they all die."

Is there a purpose to such ugliness? I wonder how brave this guy would've been if he had said that in a roomful of suffering people. Elderly people have died in this heat. This guy ought to be ashamed of himself.

How do you get your news? Do you ever read the comments from internet articles?


Mike Keyton said...

You're right about 'comments'. I usually scroll down until a)The comments begin to repeat themselves, or b)The first ugly comment. Those kind of comments come from the mean of soul and cerebrally challenged,the kind of people who hide behind hoods and loot shops.

Angela Brown said...

I get my news from the internet, a little bit of network TV and every now and then I grab a local paper or a USA Today.

When I read the internet articles, I often dread scrolling down to see the comments. But like watching a train wreck, I can't help it. The political stuff is so full of Libtard this, Rethug that...and this is the crap that isn't too harsh. The gift of anonymity has brought a curse all it's own. Most of the people who post these hateful comments would only say it in the presence of others they know feel and think the same. Yet that's the part that's almost as frightening. One moment, you're having lunch and laughing with someone only for that person to hop on the internet and post some hateful comment about someone or something just like you. If I were an owl, I'd feel ill down to my gizzard.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: It's amazing how 'brave' people are if they think they can't be caught. My thoughts are with you guys in the UK.


Angela: Newspaper? What's that? :)

Seriously though, you hit the nail on the head. The gift of anonymity is a double-edge sword.

Dru said...

I read most of my news on the internet and I also read the comments and I'm appalled at some of those comments. People are just plain rude and insensitive and they should heed the statement "if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing at all."

Cathy in AK said...

I read the news on the internet too. I agree with Angela on the anonymity factor. Even if the person's name is on it (tho it usually is something more vague) I think they feel the buffer of the internet allows them to be rude and hurtful. And if something is the least controvertial, the comments degrade quickly.

Congrats again on the Indie Road Show. Stay cool!

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: People have too much entitlement going on. The last laugh is on them because what goes around comes around.


Cathy: Sometime those commenters swarm like piranhas on a dying cow.

jackie b central texas said...

I get my news from listening to what my Mother is watching in the back room on her TV and read some of it on the Internet as well. I have commented on some things but can guarantee if that person was in a room with a bunch of Texans going through this particular summer they would have never said one word out loud much less been stupid enough to say that we deserve to die in the heat. Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand Maria and sometimes it is a way to get their 15 minutes of fame by inflammatory online comments. After all think about it, you shared right so that means they won and got noticed.

Congrats on a wonderful blog tour for your Indie debut and please keep yourself out of the worst of our lovely summer weather, when we ever do cool off we will be wishing for some of it to come back I bet.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: I hadn't thought of that. It is their 15 minutes of fame. How sad that's how they want to achieve it.

Clarissa Draper said...

I do read the comments sometimes, especially when they're controversial. Thanks for the links. I will catch the ones I missed.

Cate Masters said...

I'll never understand such twisted minds. I guess that's a good thing.
I still loving reading the newspaper in print better than online, though I do both. I gave up reading comments, they're mostly garbage - which you proved again.
Hope the heat eases for you soon.

Maria Zannini said...

Clarrisa: I like to read the comments when they disagree with my opinion to try and figure out what the heck the other side was thinking.

Cate: One of my guilty pleasures for many years was reading the paper every morning. I miss that. The paper just got too darn expensive.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've never read the comments and I guess I won't start.
We had a minor heat wave and now we're having daily floods after the hot days.
Thanks for all the great links back to me after your tour.

James Garcia Jr said...

Hi, Maria. I'm praying for cooler temperatures for you guys (chickens, too). I do read news on the 'net, but I typically don't give comments much of my time. Like you say, there's too many yahoo's out there.


Shelley Munro said...

I like to listen to the TV news each night, although I do read a little online. LOL I don't read the comments simply because people are so nasty!

I hope the temps do go down for you. That sort of heat is not pleasant.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: I guess I shouldn't read the comments, but I'd like to think it gives me the pulse of the public.

Jimmy: My chickens thank you and I thank you. God might've heard you. There was talk of rain clouds in Oklahoma.

Shelley: I hope most of the hostiles are young people who just haven't had the privilege of getting the crap beat out of them yet. :) That first drop is a doozy.