An offhand Tweet makes national news… OK, I guess I’ll comment about this.
But, I won’t comment about the sentiment behind her Tweet, for two reasons. One, it doesn’t matter what she said. Agreeing or disagreeing with her sentiment is just more partisan b.s. and there’s already a wealth of that anywhere you look these days. And two, she’s an 18 year old high school student… who really cares what she thinks?
Sorry if that came out a little harsh, but there is a point to be made here. Looking back to my high school days I thought I had important opinions that people should have been made aware of. I was wrong. Even the current me would have found it a waste of time to listen to the opinions of 18 year old me. I’m a great deal wiser and more experienced now, and I still don’t think my opinions are particularly important.
It’s a wonder that I even have a blog.
But this is the point; the Governor has people monitoring social media for mentions of him. I don’t have a problem with that. In a position like his it would be useful to know what people are saying about you. Refusing to utilize technology to look into public opinion would just be downright stupid.
But Governor Brownback (heh, now you’re listening,) if you are going to pay for such a service… try hiring one that’s not staffed by brainless morons. This girl had 60 some Twitter followers. They might have laughed and responded for a few minutes, THEN THIS WOULD HAVE GONE AWAY FOREVER. It was a comment that fewer than 100 people may have ever been aware of. But because of some boneheaded monitoring service and a gutless and stupid PR staff, THIS THING MADE NATIONAL NEWS. Most of the time ignoring a problem will not make it go away. But this is an instance where ignoring a problem would have been the QUICKEST way to get rid of it. And ignoring a problem is often the easiest response. So if it would have been smarter AND easier, why didn’t they do it that way? The only answer I could come up with was, “they were stupid.” But who knows, maybe I’m just not brilliant enough to see the genius political maneuver behind opening up the Governor’s administration to ridicule and accusations because “she called me a name, whaaaaaa.”
That’s why I’m glad the Governor apologized. His people made a huge mistake and “the buck stops here.” Not that the girl is blameless in all of this however. Even though they grew up with social media, people her age sometimes do forget that what they put online may come back to haunt them someday. It’s not a generational dig at people her age. Young people did the same thing before social media, just in different ways. A tattoo that you wind up regretting is a valid example of similar behavior. Social media is just a far more efficient way to make a fool of yourself.
Take for example some of the comments I see online from various sources like message boards and comment sections from news postings like we have here at our site or over on facebook.com/knssradio. People with different opinions comment and argue back and forth on any number of topics, but I find one thing is almost always true. The person with the better, well-reasoned, and smarter argument is usually the person who cares enough to use proper spelling and sentence structure. How one makes an argument is just as important as what that argument is. A comment about the Governor/Tweet story on Facebook I saw was a pretty good example. I won’t go into specifics, but someone bashing the girl called her a name, but misspelled the insult he hurled at her (unless he wanted to call her a machine that incorporates a block-and-tackle like device.) He also used an incorrect word form a sentence later. And no matter what the argument or what side of it I’m on, it’s embarrassing to be on the same side of an argument as someone who is needlessly careless and obviously stupid.
But I am the last person who is in any place to be complaining about this. My handwriting is all but unreadable to everyone including myself. My spelling is absolutely atrocious and I would be lost without a good spell checker (it caught 2 in this sentence, by the way.) I’m sure there are several structural things someone could nitpick about the way I’ve put together this blog update. But at least I take the time to remove the obvious mistakes.
It’s an easy way to sound smarter than I really is.