I started this website a little over two years ago with one purpose – to be a positive voice in what I saw as being a sea of negativity on the internet. Time went by, and things changed. I wanted to break stories, to critique shows, collections, labels and events, and to speak honestly about the things I saw around me. To speak honestly, but never to be unconstructively negative or begrudging or unnecessarily nasty. As the website has grown, the comments section has been something that I’ve enjoyed the most. I love the conversation. I love how I can write something and anybody can give their opinion. They can agree, disagree or critique. But recently it seems like anytime I write about something or someone, the majority of the comments are unconstructively negative or begrudging or unnecessarily nasty.
And the worst ones always come from ‘Anonymous’. I don’t know who ‘Anonymous’ is. I don’t know if ‘Anonymous’ has a vested interest in making the subject look bad, or if ‘Anonymous’ is a disgruntled former employee or creditor or competitor or just somebody with a wry sense of humour.
So I find myself in a catch 22 situation. I want people to be able to freely give their opinions, but I don’t want to be the instigator of this culture of negativity. It’s not who I am, it doesn’t represent me, and it’s not what I’m about.
What do I do?
I LIKE YOU!