Do you intentionally read things that you know are gonna piss you off?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@iarebridezilla:  Yes, because I LOVE a good debate. So I like to read around all sides of an argument. Sometimes just to learn, sometimes so that I can choose ‘the other side’ if I want to debate with someone for the sake of debate rather than for things I believe in then I can.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@iarebridezilla:  I read the comments on news articles JUST to see how stupid/ignorant/racist/homophobic, etc. people can be. It pisses me off, yes, but I also find it kind of hilarious in a weird way. 

I don’t usually bother with things I KNOW are written by right-wing nutjobs (Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, etc.) because I don’t even consider those valid enough to be part of a real debate around an issue. Sometimes I will just for a laugh, though!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m of the opinion that you can never hold your own in an argument if you haven’t appraised yourself of the other side of it. And being something of a political animal (very much on the left), I like an objective debate from time to time.

That said, there are some places I do not go because I cannot bear the sheer inevitability of their effect on me. Amongst this list are any fundamentalist Christian websites/forums, Fox News and the Daily Mail.  There are also some people who I cannot be bothered to debate with and I’ll read their Twitter and Facebook updates and just think “Oh here we are again!” because these people aren’t looking for a good debate, they are looking for an arena for their own self-inflated opinions,

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@annb9:  haha yes, the comments on ANYTHING. i get some sort of sick pleasure reading some of the stuff internet imbeciles come up with.

i probably should avoid things that make me angry. like bee posts i know are gonna be irritating or are just a personal hot topic. but i can’t. maybe i like being angry? i try to just keep it eye-rolly though.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If it’s a link to an article, I probably won’t read it. But sometimes when it’s an obviously WRONG article posted by some extreme left or right group I do just for entertainment purposes. I get angry that people fall for this propaganda, but it is what it is. My aunt reposted a picture of Obama standing in front of a gold curtain and the caption read that he made them hang Muslim prayer curtains at the white house. I was like ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! And started a firestorm of comments. She stuck to her guns and was all “He’s Muslim, there’s no denying that!” (He’s Christian, actually) and it got to the point where I just had to stop, can’t win sometimes.

And there was also some comment that another person posted about how he has all American flags removed and is never photographed in front of an American flag, that he doesn’t visit American soldiers over seas… etc, a quick google image search will debunk both of these but people just blindly believe what they read on FB. Drives me bananas.

I’m not a staunch democrat or anything, I just can’t stand information that is just inaccurate. If you’re going to complain about the President of the US, then pull together some solid FACTS about his time in the White House and then come talk to me. Don’t just spout off ridiculous shit that you read somewhere on the internet.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@iarebridezilla:  Yup! And when I’m sad I listen to music that makes me more sad… I’m a glutton for punishment.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes and no. 

I read jezebel.com daily, as well as a few other commentary/”news” websites, and there is at least one article I click on that I know is going to make me feel stabby or want to cry. But at least on a website like that, the angle of the article and the comments (which are often insightful and/or great comic relief) restore my faith in humanity a little.

I will not, however, get on a treadmill at the gym in front of the TV playing FOX News though. That’s just masochism.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Guilty, but I’m working on it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Yeah. I read an article yesterday by some Mormon blasting Frozen for it’s “gay agenda.” 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

It depends on how I’m feeling.  Sometimes I’m itching for a good topic to get angry about.  In a weird way, I think it helps me blow off steam by focusing on a problem that doesn’t directly affect me.

The website for one of our local news channels has the comments to every article in a very prominent place.  A place where you really couldn’t look away, even if you wanted to.  The comments on this news website are some of the most ignorant, bigoted, and hateful things I have read, and I constantly send articles to my FI with quotes like “OMG look what this dumbass said about this article!”.  A few months ago, they changed the design of the website so that you have to click on a button to view comments.  Since then, I’ve been significantly less angry when reading that website.  I didn’t realize the comments had such an effect until a few weeks after the change.  I’ll admit that I will click on the comments for a particularly juicy article or if I want something else to get angry about.  Today, there was a lovely discussion about some Duke student who stars in porn to pay her way through college.  And by lovely, I mean nonstop accusations that she’s going to hell and how she has daddy issues.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Oh yeah as far as the Bee goes, I read them all the time, then I start firing off a response and ultimately delete it. Sometimes I can’t help but post though.

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