I am not easily offended. .
I read a lot of blogs. Some are writers whose content and ideas I seek out to assist in my own understanding of some obscure or relevant issue. Some are just funny. A couple are hideous examples of what I never want to be, say or write. And one or two are monstrosities that I read- I guess just to start an internal argument with the writer. I rarely respond to these last few. Sometimes I am surprised and occasionally irritated. But, I am rarely offended.
Mostly, I am amused, as I imagine the blogger writing what they consider to be edgy, intelligent and uber trendy vernacular that will spark some collective gasp in their audience who will happily exclaim, “Finally!!! Finally somebody expressed my thoughts exactly- in a way that I am just not able to – because I am just not the super-smart and intelligent genius that this writer is!!” And I Laugh. Usually.
Often, these bloggers will extol the importance, the necessity, the absolute mandatory rule for other bloggers (and most certainly for the morons who are not able to express those universal truths as this highly qualified writer is able) that in all blogging, social media, casual Facebook-like dialog, and all that is written and spoken in public be so absolutely grammatically correct as to appear nearly God-like in it’s essence – that grammar, syntax and spelling rules be adhered to -or- said moron shall be banned from any further communication or possibly killed. In lieu of the ban or killing, the moron shall be publicly humiliated and ridiculed by this highly (self) acclaimed writer whose intelligence (and ego) knows no bounds.
Okay, this is just a pet peeve. I have read plenty of these kinds of blogs- where the writer fancies herself to be superior both in writing skills and certainly intelligence. Most of them find a an audience of friends and family who will happily cheer them on no matter what is written and how offensive the actual message (if there is one).
As you may have guessed, I am tinkering with the idea of actually being offended by a recent blog. I will develop this idea and check in later.