I am feeling rather disappointed with WordPress of late. A few days ago, upon logging into my account, I noticed the new Freshly Pressed blogs as I usually do – they are difficult to avoid. One of them stood out because of the picture attached to the blog. It was odd. I decided to have a look and was astounded to see that the subject related to “extremely stupid people”. I thought it must be a joke. I read some of the entries and quickly realized it was not.
When I first started blogging I was intrigued by this Freshly Pressed business and read up on what WordPress looked for when deciding what should be Freshly Pressed. The very first criteria was “Unique content free of bad stuff”.
Based on that criteria alone, I am at a loss as to why this particular blog would be chosen. I don’t know; maybe I am missing something – it’s possible – but what I see is a cauldron of hatred and anger directed at anyone and anything that doesn’t agree with the writer’s view of the world. It is filled with obscenities, racial slurs, and attacks against various segments of society – in particular the old and the handicapped. How nice.
So how, I wonder, did this blog pass the “unique content, no bad stuff” test?
I have no idea. And writing about it does not jibe with the theme of my blog, at least not in any obvious way. But for some reason, it has pushed the wrong buttons in me. I am all for freedom of speech; I get that. But don’t tell me (WordPress), that you are concerned about unique content, inspirational posts, and that your choices will not include blogs using foul language. Either someone is sleeping at the switch, or you are in fact more interested in a sensationalist entry that will attract attention. I am not impressed.
What concerns me the most though is that this individual’s blog has a decent number of followers, and the comments are appreciative of the content of the blog. I don’t get it!! Having said that, I realize it’s unlikely that the blogger would post any negative comments even if he had them. Which I suspect he does..
According to Maslow, our journey towards self-actualization will eventually lead us to a place of tolerance for others. It will endow us with a gentle and philosophical sense of humour. This cannot possibly include spewing venom and making fun of people who are disadvantaged, intellectually or otherwise. It seems to me that anyone who feels they are so superior that they can demean others so vehemently has some issues to work out.
And that’s all I have to say about that..