I did a post defending the media. I said they were made up of human beings. I said we shouldn’t be abusive towards them. I said we should certainly criticise them when they get it wrong but I said that we shouldn’t be dicks. And then do you know what happened? A lot of you people were then dicks to me.
And it’s mainly from the left that it’s coming. I get people are frustrated. Yes, Dirty Politics came out and confirmed all of your worst suspicions about Cameron Slater and some National Party Staffers and I get that it hasn’t made the polls move as much as you like and so you’re angry, but come on people. You’re basically tit for tatting here. If someone acts like an asshole you don’t have to be an asshole back. And if someone doesn’t act like an asshole but proffers a view that doesn’t necessarily agree with yours then don’t be an asshole back then either. Basic rule of life: don’t be a dickhead. Offline/online, you should behave in a way that is at the very least fucking decent.
Because so long as we stay this blinded by rage and this tribal NOTHING will change. Because RAGING at someone isn’t going to bring them to your point of view. Nor is making passive-aggressive barbs at them. Debate/critique/discuss, whatever. But don’t be rude about it.
Because it’s driving people away from Twitter as a medium. And that would be sad. Because it’s a lot more interesting when you have differing views on the one medium. I have tried, with this blog, to be even handed with my criticism. I didn’t want to be Slater or Farrar and just praise the right, and I didn’t want to be Bomber or the Standard and just blindly and parochially support the left. My political beliefs are fairly well known but I’m not just blindly going to support a party come hell or high water.
On RadioLive the other day, Matthew Hooton accused Michelle Boag of being a National Party Hack because she doesn’t have a set of values that she defends/supports, so much as she does a party that she supports regardless of its policies.
Search yourself, decide your values and then choose a political party that you think best represents those values. Because where it feels we’re heading is a deep seated partisanship that mimics the United States. Remember the 2008 election? After 8 years of Republican disgrace and Bush ignorance Barack Obama swept to victory. With less than 55% of the vote.
Let’s not be that country and let’s not be dicks.