Censorship – of myself

I was super stoked last night because PBS was airing Foo Fighters in concert in HD.  It was a great show, shot in amazing quality, and best yet…..it was FREE.  No expensive cable or satellite bill required.  No $20 DVD purchase…..not even a $1 rental charge.  All thanks to one of my favorite stations: PBS.

Now, last night I did was I usually do when I’m excited about something and want other people (who I legitimately think may be interested) to know about it. I posted it on Facebook.  There’s only one problem with that. For every one person who is just posting about what they are doing or something they are interested in, there are two people who feel obligated  to either  A.) rain on your parade B.) completely and totally disagree with what you are saying and tell you why you are wrong.

Now a normal person may understand that this is the natural order of the universe and dismiss those people.  Only 2 problems with that.  First, these types of people are behind the comfy confines of the internet so  their trolling skills are instantly amplified by 100 ( to the point that they would never say the things they say to you in person.)  Second, those B people drive me insane.  Now, I will be the first to admit that I don’t know everything (unlike the B people) and am perfectly willing to concede a point if I am proved wrong….and I’ve done so on many occasions.   But when people have to spout their mouths off on the stupidest of topics or get violent/insult people because of those topics, then we’ve got a problem.

Now, why am I bringing all of this up?  Well, the last time I posted on the net about why I liked PBS, it started an extremely ugly and drawn out debate on the merits of PBS and whether or not it’s a “liberal media” outlet.  Now regardless of your thoughts on what bias you think PBS has, you can NOT deny the fact that the good outweighs the bad.  There are COUNTLESS programs on PBS that are certainly educational, and these outweigh the news programs.

So, this brings me to the point at hand.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Foo Fighters record.  They’ve completely re-invented their sound, going back to why I liked FF in the first place.  And they recorded completely analog, in Dave’s Grohl’s house and it sounds AMAZING.  There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet about this new record and it was a pleasant surprise to see that there was a free concert on PBS last night!  Oddly enough the ONLY reason I knew this as on is because our DVR was last set to PBS to record Sesame Street for Violet, so it was still on that channel.  Cheryl and I had just finished watching NOVA ( a well implemented documentary on the earthquake/tsunami in Japan) and when it went back to live TV, the Foo Fighters were on!  So obviously, we spend a lot of time watching PBS in our house because it’s EDUCATIONAL.  We don’t watch PBS to further our “liberal agenda”.  Anyone that says otherwise doesn’t spend any time in my home and is grasping at straws.

So needless to say, I posted on Facebook that I was excited to watch it!  Normally this wouldn’t be an issue.  But two major factors are at play here.  #1 there are a few bad seeds that have to ruin everything by making sure that their way is the only way to think. #2 Justin being Justin has to troll people after they’ve been ugly with me for no reason.  I’m not going to take people’s crap and I’d like them to know it. (especially when they aren’t being pleasant of fair).

So………I censored myself and took the post down.  Why did I do this?  Well, someone posted that I was a lightening rod.  Which, most of the time I am, indirectly.  Except this time I was doing it on purpose. Plus, I made a promise to myself this year that I was going to try and recognize when I’m doing it and stop.  I made a New Years resolution that I was going to try being one of those people that just posts about happy things and when they’re going to the store, etc. 😉





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