Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10:01:10 PM
The internet was full of reactions after an article that demanded responses from readers, and made them rethink their patriotism, was published.
It was easy to make reactions public online. It doesn’t matter who published what in print — online it’s easier to respond, generate discussions, always more volunteers available to comment, each multi-tasking at every opportunity. I don’t belong here, said the article, maybe there was a mistake.
Some people were angry, mistaking satire for serious political commentary. Some felt they had finally been given a voice, mistaking satire for serious political commentary.
Others tried to ignore the responses, knowing that home will always be home and there’d always be decisions made for them that they didn’t like and they could live with that, move or change it.
Eventually, they stopped talking about it, comments dying fading away into nothingness and being replaced by others, just like words after they’ve been spoken.
Until someone else brought it up. I belong here, said that blog post, I like this place. And then, it was Friday night, so it was time to log off, shut down and go out.