Firstly, I am in the UK so I can appreciate that whilst we aren’t exactly a bed of roses, the general mood in the USA is significantly lower than over here.
I guess it may just be the communities I have joined recently, but after years and years of seeing pretty dispiriting stuff on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, sports sites and even gaming sites, the past couple of months have seen me enjoy myself way more on the internet. I used Reddit a couple of years back and found it to be a pretty awful place, but recently went back to it and in the places I am actively participating in, people seem to be way friendlier. This ranges from games (No Man’s Sky, Nintendo Switch etc) to sports (football/soccer, NHL) and even the odd glance at political areas. My Twitter feed has, for the past few weeks, been a mixture of good humour as well as insightful tweets. I have become a member of a Dad group on Facebook and that place has been super, super helpful as we all try and get through 3am with screaming babies together. And this place has been great, obviously, with reasoned debate and very little angst.
Maybe I have just learned to ignore a lot of stuff? Maybe I am just looking at the 1% of the internet that is not full of terrible people. Maybe everyone has thought “we are all going down, lets enjoy the last few moments together”. I felt I should speak out though, and say “Yay Internet”.