I am trying something new. New for me. I am trying, when I comment online, to only direct my comments to actions and statements, rather than to the people making them. Huh?
What I mean is, if I don’t like something someone has said or done, instead of saying: “he or she is an Ass$%^#” – as I have done many times – I am trying to say “he or she said or did something Ass$%^$ly”
It was when I got hit with a personal attack myself that I realized how lacking in style and substance and how non-conducive to interesting discussion and debate these kind of attacks can be. They aren’t worthy of smart. So I am trying something new. Not that I am claiming to be smart but hope springs eternal, right?
And in some cases, I miss the mark. By a wide margin.
Like the other evening when I watched Erica Ehm from the YummyMummyClub.ca deal with Kevin O’Leary on the Lang & O’Leary Exchange. I tweeted a few comments directed at Kevin. Not at what he said, but at him. He is an example of a person that I would not want to know in real life and I find it difficult to restrict my remarks to his comments. If his attitude is part of a TV persona and not his real personality, then he has done a REMARKABLE job at branding that persona. Like Don Cherry but without the ugly jackets. So I find it difficult to separate the man from the words. But I tried. I deleted the tweets that were directed at him personally. And I also would like to say that Amanda Lang, and anyone who sits in her seat when she is away, deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for not going rogue on him. But that’s another story.
Anyway, while we are nowhere near New Year’s Eve, I’m making this resolution: comment on the words, not the person. Who wants to bet as to how long I can last?
Hashtag #HMG (Higher Moral Ground)