Jaken saidWhy do people waste their time on the internet correcting other people or getting in arguments? It's the internet for goodness sakes, get over it.
That's why I'm kind of against this whole "cyberbullying" crap. You mean to tell me that text on a screen offends you?
I go by this phrase "Arguing/correcting over the internet is like being in The Special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still dumb."
Arguing is a way of exploring an issue. Correcting is a way of helping a person to think better, or to write better, etc.
Bullying is not about correcting a person, it is about ridiculing the person's mistakes, or what the bully considers to be a mistaken belief, etc. It is not about preparing a person to go out into the world with better tools but about the bully building his own ego on what he perceives to be the flaws he thinks he has found in others.
But also, when people think that they are their ideas, instead of understanding that they are people who think about ideas, then it is easy for them to misinterpret someone's correction for ridicule. A bully is the enemy, your own ego is the enemy. Someone simply correcting you might very well be a friend with your best interests in mind.
To paraphrase a quote I can't put my hands on: Trust moreso criticism, even if it seems harsh, for it might come from a friend, than flattery, even if it makes you feel good, for it might come from an enemy.
Text on a screen are words just like words from someone's mouth are words. Bullying is wrong in person or online whether or not the other person takes it personally. There is no excuse for it, not even saying, oh, it's just the internet, because there are people, real people, on both sides of that screen.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentation_theoryArgumentation includes debate and negotiation which are concerned with reaching mutually acceptable conclusions