Thursday, February 28, 2008
THE BLOG MAFIA
When I write an article, I usually start with the title. I jot down some thoughts and try to come up with something a little catchy or outrageous, based on those thoughts. This post is different. I am going to type and see where it takes me and then come up with a title. I will get a bit more personal, which I do not like to do. I don't get personal with many people. I don't find it beneficial and a lot of times it hasn't proven worth the vulnerability it generates. My blog is a place for me to rant and give a voice to my political frustrations and ideology. I keep it more opinion based because my ideas are what I am marketing, not my personal life. The emotional connection needed between writer and reader can be achieved without getting personal when a shared philosophy emerges through the written word, or a common interest is discovered. I don't think getting personal is needed for a connection.
Lately I have been frustrated. I share this with you because I am sure all of you have been there many times throughout your lives. This particular frustration comes from within the blogosphere. I have a straight forward approach when it comes to communicating a message that is on my mind. I hope that it may strike the nerve of another person and hopefully generate some thought or a differing perspective on a subject. I put myself out there for the world to read and critique what is on my page. My frustration is with the little trolls who undoubtedly have tried to quiet my voice by using intimidating attack words to thwart my creative outlet. I am angry because for a short time it has worked. For the last few days I have not written about what I have wanted to write about for "fear" of how it would be interpreted. So I began to analyze every subject I wanted to write about through the mind of someone else and not mine. How is this right? Terms such as racist, sexist, WASP, Anglo, gringo, bigoted, homo-phobe and many more in that genre are used far too loosely. These terms are used to intimidate another persons thoughts and ideas and to inject fear into an argument. There are some who thrive on the use of these terms and inject them into every ideological difference. No one likes being called a racist or a bigot. I certainly do not. This is a shameful use of such terminology and it undermines the origins and historical basis in which these terms were born. To compare ones own self to a person of slavery is on its face, self serving and demeaning to those who have faced real oppression. Those who truly have walked the halls of prejudice and civil inequality should not be defined by the same explosive verbiage as someone who merely disagrees with an opinion. Perhaps words do take on different levels of meaning as time passes, even so, they shouldn't be used so flippantly as to degrade its original origins. And so I have had an epiphany. No more will I concern myself with trolls who want to intimidate me and silence my thoughts. You are the bigots of today. You are the ones that insist that other people control your destiny. You are the bottom feeders that can't crawl out of a philosophy of low expectations and a need for a guilty America to sponsor your way to success. You are the oppressors of self, living in a world of dependency and reliance. You wish to stifle my words because they make you uncomfortable and question what you have been taught for so long. You are indeed scared that perhaps it is you that is responsible for your own destiny.
I realize I put my views out there in an agitating way. I do it to generate thought and to promote the exchange of ideas. This is a blog of opinion and not information. I want to challenge philosophical differences and I don't claim to be objective. Why should I be? The material is "according to Nikki" not the gospel "according to John". I understand that it is only a few that have thrown the racism and bigotry card at me, but it troubles me nonetheless. I now take it for what it is, an attempt at intimidation. No more wasted energy on the thought MAFIA. This is America and I am free to speak my mind without fear, intimidation or hostility. Any attempt at doing so is contrary to what this country is about and you may as well be the Taliban. OK, of course it isn't the same, but the comparison is as inflated as the racist usage. So I admit to the self-doubt and frustration that I felt and that is the first step to recovery, right? But this is the day of reckoning and I am back!! WITH A VENGEANCE!!!!