Player Hatin' » Wed, Aug 10th 2005 12:38 pm
Having been an Internet user for about six or seven years now, I’m grateful—-but simultaneously curious as to why—-I didn’t turn out like the majority of Internet-using kids today. I’ve ranted about their spelling in the past, but today’s Web-addicted children are plagued with far more troubling issues: Ignorance and egotism.
It’s one thing to suck at spelling, but these kids suck at life. My experience with these kids (not always little pre-teens, but often people who have been on this earth as long—-or longer—-than myself) is limited to Web forums and online gaming. Unfortunately, these are two of most popular gathering places for the people I speak of; the latter of which being my most familiar territory. Whether they’re clumsily bashing their keyboards trying to express their un-polished thoughts and opinions, or just randomly insulting people with differing perspectives on a subject, today’s children are raising themselves and each other to become very stupid members of society while being genuinely shitty human beings in the process.
Nobody with a conscience would allow someone to prattle on about something they know nothing about, but on the Web we’re forced to do just that every single day. Sure I can reply with my desperate pleading for them to stop embarrassing themselves, but they’ll shrug it off, call me a fag, and carry on. To hell with spelling with grammar, what matters is that they can adequately convey their false facts to the seemingly-interested masses. Most forums geared towards children are akin to a room full of people stumbling around and vomiting on everyone and everything while making no apologies whatsoever for doing so.
The same can be said for video games, except instead of the unintentional spreading of ignorance, it’s an endless sea of people who think they’re the only ones on earth who deserve to live. This leads to everyone hating everyone and nobody realizing that they are in fact playing a game. I myself have been caught up in it, though for me it’s not that I want to be the best, it’s simply that I hate giving them the satisfaction of winning; they don’t deserve it. I’ve been beaten over and over by kind-natured people and not minded one bit. It’s the kids who defeat me and then try to further humiliate me with verbal abuse and incessant self-promotion that have cost me hundreds of dollars in new keyboards.
I’ve seen the gaming community swallow decent souls and regurgitate a gooey, writhing, Ork-like being with nothing but contempt for everyone. Newcomers to the game are beaten down over and over for not knowing what the hell’s going on and are forced to either leave or tough it out until they’re good enough to start talking shit themselves. Who can blame them? It’s how they were raised. The word “newb” (also known as “noob”, “n00b”, “nub”, and other stupid variants) is basically the gaming equivalent of “fag”. These people are new to the game (as everyone once was) and are being put down for it. These pricks climb the ladder, soak the rungs in oil, and toss feces on anyone else who tries to climb it. Some strong-willed people survive the gauntlet with no permanent scarring, but most grab a bucket of pooh and proceed to haze the next batch of newbs.
The major flaw causing these two problems is a lack of ability to punish the guilty ones. There is no police force on the Web to break up the verbal fist fights. Parents couldn’t possibly monitor every aspect of their kids’ online activity, nor can they simply restrict all access to everything on the Web. These kids are invincible behind their monitors and the fact that whoever it is they’re belittling likely lives thousands of miles away and will never be able to do a damn thing about it. One possible solution would be to restructure the Web, giving every man woman and child their own access code and global account to which anyone who has a problem with that person can file complaints. From there, whichever government has jurisdiction can jump in and take whatever action is necessary. The Web would be policed by its own users and soon enough every asshole online would be booted offline and all would be well. Again, another one of my pipedreams.
The best I can hope for from people reading this is that you’ll raise your children to be respectful of the faceless voices they encounter while online. If you know someone who you feel would fit my description of the “modern Web child”, then please be a hero to us all and cut off their fingers. Or at least talk some sense into them.