4 Things You Should Stop Joking About Online [Opinion]

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things you shouldn't joke aboutNo longer must we use smoke signals to communicate. Long gone are the days in which we used cave walls to document events. It’s an age of technology, a time in which we are supposed to be advanced. However, even in such an advanced age, it seems as though Internet society has become incredibly lenient about a variety of very important social issues.

I’m not a fan of making light of stuff that actually hurts people, and it’s not even a matter of being offended – I’m not. However, I do worry about how desensitized we have become to these issues.

Pedophilia

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I really don’t know when pedophilia became funny. Why is it okay to casually reference participation in sexual acts with children? Sure, I get it. You know that pedophilia is wrong, and for some odd reason, this is why you joke about it – a possible way of coping. However, I believe that the more we joke about it, the more laid-back we will become around it. We don’t take it as seriously anymore.

Do I think this joking will lead to common acceptance of pedophilia? Nah. I’m not a conspiracist like that. However, I wish that just for once we can let the fact that there are people out there who want to have their way with children break our hearts a little bit. These folks want to rob the innocence of young boys and girls, and we make light of it by posting a picture of Chris Hansen or Pedobear. That’s kind of ridiculous.

Rape

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Rape isn’t cool, and joking about it isn’t either. I’ve never been a rape victim, and I can’t say I plan on it. However, the word “rape” is thrown around too casually on the Internet these days. (Just to clarify, I don’t believe usages of the phrase such as “raped my childhood” or “raped my memories” would fall under this category, but that’s really up to your discretion.)

Once again, this isn’t an issue of me being offended, because being offended does nothing in this world. However, I do worry that seeing rape jokes on the Internet may bring up some harsh memories or feelings for actual rape victims. If you’re heartless, you may believe that these folks need to get over it and stop living in the past. However, until you’ve actually had such an experience, I don’t want to hear that kind of opinion.

Killing

Ladies and gentlemen, why must you insist on saying you wish someone would die? I don’t care if you wouldn’t actually do it, but have we gotten to a point where such hateful thoughts are acceptable? Behind the wall of the Faceless Username, cowardly individuals will come out saying that they wish that other individuals should die or, even worse, that they would kill them if they could. We’re talking about the removal of a life, here.

I’m not referring to the casual, all-in-fun, “I will kill you if you do that one more time!” Of course not, for people tend to rag on each other all the time and say this. However, what I am referring to are words that are obviously fueled by hate and anger. If the intention of this (non-fruitful) death threat is to emotionally hurt the person on the other side of the computer screen, then something needs to change.

Suicide

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Right up there with death threats, we have issues concerning suicide. I’ve seen a few instances where someone posts online about their thoughts of committing suicide, and then people will swoop in saying things such as “do it” or “if killing yourself will make you happy, then go for it”. It’s akin to a person standing on top of a skyscraper with a crowd of people below, screaming for him to jump.

How disgusting is this? I understand that many folks have varying views on euthanasia, but here’s what I believe when it comes to the Internet. You are not a professional, you don’t know the context of the person’s situation, and you have no clue what their life is like. If anything, I would say report the post and provide them with words of encouragement. However, if you know that your words will seem condescending in any form or fashion… shut up. Please. You’re dealing with a life that has so much potential, and the slightest thing could ruin it.

Many of you may comment on here that folks that post these things are only seeking attention and won’t actually do anything. To that I say that you should treat every hint of suicide as if the person will actually do it. If you decide to make the call that they won’t, and then they do, there’s a high chance that you will live with blood on your hands forever.

Conclusion

These are just four things that I believe the Internet makes too much light of. Is it a perfect post? Of course not. However, I hope it made you think a little bit.

What other things should people stop joking about on the Internet? Do you disagree with any of the items mentioned here?

 

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Comments (93)
  • Isela Gevorkyan

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  • Mitchdillon

     yet…..he allows himself the freedom to trivialise his caffeine use. Caffeine abuse (no, i’m not joking) is grossly underestimated in it’s effects on individuals and society as a whole. A lot of people are addicts, and knowingly so. Loss of sleep, lowering of sperm count, are just a couple of effects of this condition.
    But of course, that’s a legal addictive drug, and therefore not nearly as bad as pedo stuff, or anything else in the south of the boys moral compass.
    Really, what i’m getting at is the fact that what this blinkered boy thinks, isn’t necessarily what’s actually going on in the world, nor does what he thinks matter in the slightest.
    All he’s after is censorship of humour. That is just plain wrong.
    What’s the response?

    • J. Lockhart

      My response is this: Find exactly where I called for censorship, which is Google-defined as “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts”.

      If you define censorship as that (something official, as in government official and actually suppressive), then your argument is redundant, not thorough, and is only supported by pseudo-intellectual uses of the word “boy” and “blinkered”.

      If you so choose to count self-censorship in this (which is what I have had to do with every single comment that has come with this article – as in not verbally tearing apart every single person’s argument that arrives), then all I can say is that you already do this in some form or fashion.

      Granted, you’re right in what I think doesn’t matter. It sure doesn’t. However, it only doesn’t matter if you don’t let it. I can very easily say what you don’t say doesn’t matter, for I have my views, and because yours do not align with mine, I have the ability to just say, “Oh. Mitchdillon’s views don’t matter whatsoever.” So really, this goes without saying, I believe.

      As for the caffeine analogy, it was weak – just like the coffee I had this morning.

    • dn3s

      actually it’s an opinion piece in which he says things he thinks people should voluntarily “stop joking about online”. i figured that out by skimming the article.

  • Jhezuz

    In regards to leniency towards pedophilia, society is to blame. With all the jailbait and superstar (role)models trying to look 15 and as slutty as possible, it’s hard to “uncondition” or not think about smashing them. Kind of ironic that society is trying to discourage sex with minors when sex appeal standards are based on teenage girls..

    This post left out another topic that shouldn’t be joked about: racism. Despite the whole “Jews did 9/11″ being a joke on the internet, some crazy fucks took it seriously enough that it reached the news, and I lol’d so hard at the fact that a socially constructed concept(race) is the source of all this controversy. The same goes with the profuse spamming of “niggers” over the internet.

  • stonrdude

    Josh:

    The suicide that continues to upset me and the comments concerning it, is the death by their own hand of young gay men that are victims of hate and bullies. One can not pick up a paper without reading another dude has ended his life. As an older gay dude, I chose not to be out, my choice at the time. Most guys my age did the same, I am 62 now and it is not an issue. But is must be a horrible problem for young men and women who are gay or different. 

    I wish we could reach out more to disturbed young persons, its a family kinda thing and needs to start there, before it gets to the newspaper as a death notice. It is such a waste of a precious life.  One feels pretty useless when ya read about  another kid taking his life and leaving a U-Tube message or a note. 

    Your 4 unfunny things are pretty close to being right and true.  Is it my imagination or are pedos everywhere now?  Only heard about it infrequently before it became a problem for ministers and priests, now it is eveywhere, schools, churches and on buses. I don’t know, Josh, maybe this was always an issue and not reported as such.  Thanks for your post, good blog, great topic.

    • J. Lockhart

      Hi, stonrude. Seems like I missed this comment. It breaks my heart that there are so many bullies that would cause such a thing. It also breaks my heart that you’ve had to see all of this happen. It’s also true about the pedophilia. I detest the things that I see, but It may just be the case that this stuff was just hidden before.

      Hope you are doing well.

  • Dwarfield2k2

    I don’t know why Joshua’s age matters.  He’s legal.  I’m 50 and I’ve spent half my life on the web…Joshua’s spent pretty much all of his life on the web.  Too bad for you, really.

    Anyway, people ARE watching.  If you want to make jokes about pedophilia or rape, go right ahead.  Just don’t be surprised if you someone in the FBI starts to pay attention to you!

    • J. Lockhart

      Seems like this article popped up somewhere recently. I’ve gotten a couple of comments in the past couple of days.

      Thanks for the response, Dwarfield. I’ll agree age doesn’t matter in some cases. With this, I kind of thought it would go without saying. I didn’t expect this much of a negative attitude. People don’t like their views to be challenged, I suppose.

      However, I doubt the FBI will be looking at anyone. Hopefully not, anyway. There’s a lot of great people out there who do all that I’ve mentioned.

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