Because I don't rant nearly enough:
It really irritates me when I'm watching a youtube video, or reading a quick and dirty tip on grammar girl, or looking up the answer to a question I have that fortunately another human being has thrown out to the wide world through the blessed (and often cursed) internet and what do I find? People being mean in the comments. "You talk too much." "You're an idiot." "You have no idea what you're talking about." "You misspelled 'cat.'" Really? And it's your job to point this out because...? You're an expert? You've never misspelled anything and it actually matters that a word is misspelled?And it's even worse when the creator of the video, tip, question, etc., gets in on the nasty and it becomes that moment in middle school when you walked unsuspecting around a corner to see two 14 year old girls pulling each other's hair out. First you think, "Where are their mothers?" Then you think, "Forget their mothers, where are their brains?" and turn around and walk away as fast as you can.
News flash people! It's okay to make mistakes. It's okay if you don't agree with someone, and guess what, it's also okay to keep your mouth shut if you don't. Of course, if you would like to say something, be my guest. But please don't be mean. It doesn't make you look smart. It doesn't make you likable. It doesn't give you credit or merit. It just annoys. And that is the honest truth.
Okay, let's recap with a little media. Think of John Mayer (who is sort of a Jonny Depp lookalike in this picture. Who knew?) SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY.
But, also think of Thumper the Rabbit. IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHIN' NICE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
Hoping all that wasn't too mean...Melissa
And special thanks to my friend Rosetta, who brilliantly taught me the saying Pobody's Nerfect.