Let’s face it, being anonymous has its advantages. But in our society today people are flocking in record numbers to twitter, sports forums and in a lesser degree to Facebook and posted information about other people that is downright mean and vicious. Never before have we had the public so aware of the failings of people that are in the public eye…and everyone has an opinion.
More Sports Forums are becoming meaner and meaner. Someone screws up on your team and quickly the forum lights up with words of how much a bum the player is and all his dirty deeds are brought to light once again. People are enjoying watching richer and powerful people fail, it has become a disease. LeBron James has become crucified for his poor play and quickly everyone loves it. They want to see people who makes loads of money fail. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and others have been brought up on the allegations of drug or performance enhancing and fans all over many parts of the country are loving it. Let’s watch the guys who were at the top crumble.
The first responders to this will be that they get paid well for what they do. True. That really has nothing to do with enjoying people fail. I cringe when people are calling for someone to be fired from their job. Fired? Do you really want someone to lose their job and be unemployed. I am not just referring to the people that get millions of dollars to play a game, I am talking about every day people, maybe an accountant or a ball boy that didn’t rib up the balls enough. Do we really want them to lose their job and become unemployed and not have the resources to supply their families needs?
Twitter is a flutter about everyones foibles. Sometimes it is in jest, I know I have done that a time or three. Instantly we record everyones mistakes and excessively fixate on their poor job performance. Do we feel that as a fan we have certain rights to expect and demand out of our athletes? It’s like, By Golly I paid $80 for my jersey and they should do a better job than that! So we rip them for their mistakes.
Very few people work in an environment as public as athletes, I understand that. It comes with the territory I suppose. Why do people take it as a personal issue to take athletes to task for a mistake? I have never understood the human being for being so excited to see another person fail.
That’s my rant. Feel free to give your thoughts.