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originally posted by: IAMTAT
It's like that old scientific psychology study that shows people are willing to more frequently remotely shock test subjects in another room, when they can't see them.
Social media is exactly like that.
originally posted by: daskakik
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
But words can affect others. Even if it is of their making an affect is caused.
Even if we set those instances aside, you use the same argument even when people are not just reacting to the words but to the actions that follow them. For example, Trump's travel ban, they were just words when he first mentioned it but it was followed up by an action. People who reacted to the words, given the source, were justified in feeling that it would affect them. They were not just being superstitious.
Not allowing themselves to become victims will eventually deter the
bully (no reaction >no victim >no satisfaction?) and in the process ....
thicker skin and self esteem is developed!
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
You don't understand. I'm not calling them superstitious, but you for believing it is the words making them do it.
The really dark side to all this is that before long we'll all be afraid to speak to each other at all. We'll get more and more isolated, perhaps only feeling comfortable communicating with others like ourselves.
I'm not superstitious because I don't believe it is the words making them do it, it is the whole situation.
Thinking that words don't/can't play a part is incorrect.
You seem to have a straw man on your hands.