These keys get an extra work out during times of international outrage, crisis, controversy, and fear. Our digital, “on paper” communication fires off when we take to our internet, social media soapboxes to insert our opinions into international dialogue. We become, as a wise woman named Kate Otto once said, pocket pundits. Sometimes, we even wag our metaphorical fingers and unintentionally start fights.
If this past week taught me anything, it that there is a time and a place for internet ranting, and then there’s time to log off and discuss. Our tempers flare and give rise to intense emotions during controversial moments. We can’t just take to any given platform to bark and shove our opinions down everyone’s throats. It’s almost like cheating when we take to the internet to vent. There is endless time to reformat, edit, and rewrite. We can google things and add in photos. That’s all well and good, but the physicality of person-to-person discuss is lost. Things like body language, facial expression, and nervous habits.