The New Global Anger
The New Global Anger
I have been noticing a move from innocence to anger in the last few years of my travels. I believe education and knowledge has created a generation of angry people who are looking for a reason to be angry.
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Friday, October 17, 2008Blog of Andy HoboTraveler.com
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If you disturb a sleeping dog, it may get angry. I have been observing the new “Electronics Generation” and I do not like what I see.
I am going to blame this anger on Education.
I am going to blame this anger on Knowledge.
In the last ten years their has been an explosion in knowledge of the world and access by the inhabitants of the planet.
We have a generation of over stimulated primates who now are a bunch of “Know it alls.”
As I have observed the planet earth in my travels, there are some universal global behaviors that leads people to become arrogant and angry when
1. They have a lot of money.
2. They have a lot of knowledge.
3. They believe they have a lot of knowledge.
4. They have a mobile phone in their hand.
5. They have a computer.
6. They have a title or label.
The majority of people on the planet now think they are intelligent. This leads them all to believe that other should listen to their opinion and when the people around do not listen to their opinion, and subsequently following their advice the become angry.
It is as if everyone is waiting for someone to disagree so they can end the friendships, have a fit of anger and just try to demand control.
I notice this on this Blog, I daily moderate and delete comments that are angry and argumentative. My job is to give an opinion, this is my journal, it is a daily diary of sorts, and this is 100 percent opinions.
Why do people get angry when they read an opinion?
How can I blog without giving an opinion, it not possible.
I have a few personal experiences on the planet that very few people in their lives have the opportunity to experience. I am one of the most globally traveled persons on the planet, however I can write about some rare situation in a small corner of the planet and I will have some person say,
“You do not know what you are talking about.”
I have spent about one year in West Africa, and I will have people who have never even left the USA tell me I know nothing about Africa.
I have people who have never been to Iraq; tell me about Iraq as if I know nothing about the country.
When reading and the internet, this virtual travel experience becomes so empowering that people believe it can replace real life experience I am sad. It is baffling to me to think that a people that have barely left their computer or home can feel so audaciously powerful.
The world is becoming a place full of know it alls, who spend their whole time behind a computer and believe they know something. If there is one think I know in life, going to a country is more powerful than reading about a country.
Why are people looking for arguments, do they all want to get divorced, sit in a room alone and stare at a stupid computer.The New Global Anger
Are you sure this isn't just a feature of the Internet?
I have noticed that the same people who are angry and argumentative online behind the veil of anonymity or pseudo-anonymity become meek when the veil is lifted.
There is also something about sitting behind a computer that depersonalizes interactions. It's much easier to get angry at a computer than a person.
It seems to be most common when misinterpretation is rife - this is something I can see happening especially on your blog, since you talk in very general terms about many topics (such as this one). The people who read it, especially reading it without context or body language can completely misinterpret it and then disagree violently with that misinterpretation.
And, far from looking for a reason to be angry, I believe every generation has reasons to be angry. But that is a separate issue.
Anger is worst in internet communications. I am extremely soft when dealing by email if possible. However, a blog is general and not pointed at people, just in a general direction.
I see people walking around with a grimace on their face. I see people that just walk around with no impressions on their face. I call this the blank.
To me this is not happiness, much closer to angry. I know in the primitive cultures they acknowledge the people in their space, and feel a need to be friendly.
The more advanced just ignore the people in their daiy lives unless they must interact.
Do you say hello to the Waitress?
Do you say hello to the guard at the door of an apartment building?
Do you say hello whne you see your friends, or just wait...?
>The more advanced just ignore the
>people in their daiy lives unless
>they must interact.
is that part haughtiness? when i visited india i noticed my friends acting in a different way around locals. they'd start acting in a manner more like a king addressing his serfs. it bugged the hell out of me.
i haven't traveled much in developing countries, so i can't tell if this is the norm when westerners go abroad.
there's a coldness people have in large cities too. i notice this especially living in london. they're afraid to interact.
n.b. i saw your post about calling the iraq war a mistake - i can bet that made an *awful* lot of people angry. american politics seems to create far more schisms much more nowadays.
Yeah, and where did "manners" go? It is a different world than the one I was born into.