Keepers of the Internet

You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to…

Why do we feel like we need to engage when we see or hear something we don’t like? And we don’t always stop at casual engagement …like as in conversation – we head right for the throat. We don’t just offer our opinion …often without solicitation. But we demand that our view is correct. Period.

Our keystrokes are defining this time in human history.

Sociologists, 50 to 100 years from now, will comment on our audacious use of the keyboard and how we gratuitously spewed vitriol on all kinds of feeds that came across our screen. And it’s not just the politics…nor the mommy shaming. It extends to vacations, work habits, eating, reading, entertainment, pet ownership, bedroom paint color, toilet paper brand, and on and on.

We have an opinion, and we’re gonna shove it down your throat dammit.

To confront another assumes a position of superiority.

I’m right, and you’re wrong. Our society has become trolls behind our computer screens…seeking out what is “wrong” in the world and assuming it’s their place to “fix” people.

Who made us boss? All-knowing? Where does this supremacy boldness come from?

But if we remain silent – are we duplicitous? We’ve had that moment where we told the truth, not caring what damage it caused…because “if you can’t handle the truth, that’s your problem.” But is that the best way to interact with our fellow humans? And again, who made us the keeper of the internet? I think we can all agree that our productive circle of influence is typically smaller than the world wide web.

Finally, where is the love in this attitude? What if we practiced silence instead? As in, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. What if we just let people be people – in all their glorious, crazy, and diverse ways? What if we celebrated people’s eccentricity instead of tearing them down?

Just a couple Saturday morning thoughts for the five minute Friday prompt Silence…don’t judge.  It was a llllooonnnggg week.

It’s Five Minute Friday… five minutes of uninterrupted writing…no editing. No overthinking. Just write! The exercise of writing for just five minutes is to help build a writing discipline and I thank you for tagging along as I work on my writing craft! You can learn more about and join the FMF writing challenge at

Today’s word: SILENCE – link up here.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

3 thoughts on “Keepers of the Internet

  1. Pearl Allard

    Silence gives us pause to think before we speak, doesn’t it? I’m frequently “encouraging” my children to engage in this highly beneficial exercise! (Maybe sometimes in a tone suggesting I could stand more thinking before I speak. *ahem*) Donna, thanks for your thoughts. :)

  2. Suzette K.

    Thanks for bring some clarity to the Internet “situation”. You are so right. We really don’t need to weigh in on everything. Sometimes there is just no need to fan the flame.

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