Mike Cash wrote:
I have no respect for people who apologize on the internet.
It would be a hilariously poetic twist of fate if you got shoved into an online business meeting (for truckers?) and made a mistake. I'm not entirely sure where this philosophy of yours comes from. Do you think the people you're talking to aren't real? Is it the lack of sight, lack of voice, or the mixture of both? But even if it was that, you wouldn't expect people to apologize for mistakes in magazines and newspapers (which you very well might not). Or is it the ever more likely possibility that after dealing with people in real life, you use the internet to escape from a world of politeness and indulge yourself with brash phrasing?
Swing and a miss for Dehitay.
When one makes a simple mistake of fact, all that one needs to do is acknowledge the error and make a correction. No ill intent = no need to apologize.
I know full well the people I am talking to are real. And in real life I either exercise tact by keeping my mouth shut or I say what the hell I think in plain terms. I've caused a bit of shock at work by doing that, with people looking at me wide-eyed and saying, "You can't say that!" As long as I've been frank and accurate, I've never had any problem with it from the higher-ups....especially because, like Donnie Baker
, I say it right to their faces.
I just believe that, in most circumstances, one can't apologize on the internet without insulting one's own intelligence or integrity, and sometimes the other party's intelligence into the bargain.
A person says something mean or insulting in a post. There are two possibilities: 1) the person doesn't realize it is mean or insulting or 2) the person does realize it is mean or insulting.
In the case of 1. The person lacks the forethought, intelligence, or maturity to post.
In the case of 2. To say it while relying on the ability to "take it back" via an apology if taken to task for it belies a lack of personal integrity.
Before a person hits "Post", they damned well ought to be aware of what they're saying and be willing to stand behind both the content and the tone, in other words.
Apologies should be reserved for rare occasions. People often talk about "I love you" becoming diluted to the point of meaninglessness. I take the same approach about "I'm sorry".
Panda child did nothing to apologize for, and there was no need for an apology or the acceptance of one.
Never underestimate my capacity for pettiness.