THE MOB IS REAL: WHY WE ATTACK AS A COLLECTIVE

Orange and and Brown Chess Pieces

“They attack, we all join in.”


mob mentality

For some reason, we have this new America where people see someone being attacked. But instead of getting involved, we sit by and watch. Then again, people don’t want their lives to be at stake. But what happens when the mob attack is on the internet? There is this new mob where people will attack you in the name of anonymity, where you can’t see who they are. You are not able to fight back because this mob is much bigger than the one you fight physically. Imagine walking up the street and people non-stop are cursing and screaming at you. And on top of that, no one is coming to your defense. That would drive you crazy, but we allow it to go on. But also imagine someone defending them and then they get attacked. Doesn’t mean the bystanders agree, they are just afraid to screamed at as well.

are they really real

We hear about the outcry, but is it really a real group of people. Because when you look on Twitter at the people that are so angry, then who are these people? There is something called bots that are not real accounts. How do we know that these are not fake people pushing the numbers up to sensationalize the situation. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but when you hear the rage, but walk the streets of society, you don’t hear this outcry. So if the masses are not protesting in the streets, then it’s not as bad as you think. Yet we have become so accustomed to hearing people get angry on social media and the person lose a job, we panic when it’s our turn. Whether true or not, it can cause problems.

it makes us complacent

There is something scary about the social media attacks. And that is that people think it is real power because so many get fired. Only problem is, when Donald Trump ran for president and people felt by attacking him on Twitter it meant something. Now they are saying how it was a fixed election. And the reality is, their laziness got them into this, and will most likely again. We have become quite impersonal due to the social mob attacks. No one will ever say these things face to face. And the 110 characters causes us to become less intelligent.


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THAT’S NOT FUNNY: WHY ARE COMICS HELD TO CERTAIN STANDARDS

People at Theater

“Why so serious?”


comedic standards

Comedian Dave Chappelle recently put out his standup special and it has so many people upset at his commentary. My previous post talked about sensitivity with language, but now I wanted to tackle the need for comedians to be held to such standards. I never thought the day would come where so many people are hurt by jokes while the same commentary is still in music and films. Is it that comedians are really saying things that are reprehensible, or are people being way too sensitive? In my opinion, people are being way too sensitive because a lot of comics that people are angry at have said and done worst in the past that we all love. So it seems pretty selective now they are touching on something I don’t like.

court jesters aren’t politicians

Hundreds of years in the past, the comic was someone that was appointed to make the king laugh. You made him laugh and you were the funniest person around. Not many people could make the serious, no nonsense king laugh. So the jester was very important in his own regard. But now, the jester is seen as someone that is just as important as the himself. And it is the job of the comic to take tragedy a lot of times and make light of it. Many think that is not funny, but all comedy is at the expense of someone. So to say that this is funny but not this over here, you’re just reaching to something that isn’t there. You want to hold on to your frustration so you will make anything hate.

i just need the fire inside

If you were to make people explain why they are angry, a lot of people couldn’t do it. They have all this built-up aggression, but for some reason, they don’t know where it comes from. In my opinion, they know where it comes from. And for whatever they don’t want to address it. It is much easier to go around angry than it is to fix a problem. The anger is like a blanket that feels really good and comforts you. Only problem is the extreme lows after the rage.


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