There was once an amazing Twitter account called “@AvoidComments”. Its sole purpose was to remind you not to read the comments on whatever article it is you thought was safe enough to do so.
It’s not worth it.
You see, even the most benign article on the benefits of spring meadows and perfect sunsets devolves into a chaotic mix of political conspiracy, logical fallacy and general anger in the comments section. This is truly why we can’t have nice things.
I’m writing about this because lately I’ve found myself getting sucked into reading the comments on a few particularly troubling local stories. You see, in the span of a few short weeks we’ve had a police shooting caught on tape that involved a suspect who had his hands up, a pair of high school football players who targeted and hit a referee during a game, and some random crazy shooting at people on one of our highways.
These are all stories that garner interest, especially if you live in the San Antonio area. These things just don’t happen here. We’re the land of “live and let live”, and a puro San Antonio culture that is incredibly comfortable in its own skin.
So when things go bad, I read about it, and then I read the comments. And well, here’s what “@AvoidComments” had to say about such an endeavor:
This isn’t unique to San Antonio by any means. Any article that garners any attention whatsoever has a spectacular mess of incivility attached to it. I’ll say it again, it’s not worth it.
So as you wander the vast expanse of the internet today, no matter how tempted you might be to see what the people you share the world with are saying, in spite of ALL the faith you may have in your fellow human beings, I implore you, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS.
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