We've all read the stories lately of the airplane crash, the George Zimmerman trial, and the supreme court rulings among others. Unfortunately, if you go and begin reading the comments below these stories or follow the twitter feeds, you see just how much people online show their hatred and disrespect for one another anonymously. It really is sad if you stop and think about it.
I'm sure we are all passionately concerned about things that happen around us and when we feel helpless, we tend to find a way in life to give ourselves some point of reference. Often this comes out in how we react to these situations in what we say and do. Most often, while these things may be a part of our current awareness, they are not always appropriate to display in an anonymous fashion online.
Remember back to the days when message boards first came out. You had some control type personalities that tried to monitor every word that happened. In addition, you had those that lurked in the shadows trying to stir up trouble. Let's not forget about the ones that would see something posted and then react, because after all they weren't screaming or disrespecting another person - it was the screen or the computer or the internet site they were screaming to. It wasn't perceived as a person, although in many aspects it was.