My recent post people are people stirred up ‘some people’. I really didn’t think it was such a big deal. I was simply posting that people in bloggie world make questionable posts and like with anything else don’t believe everything you hear or read. Some people are not good at adjusting to another country. They are homesick or not happy for whatever reason and should go back home. My husband was one of these people.
A good example of over generalization is something my husband told me and I didn’t believe. He thought American men were dirty (as Thomas pointed out) because while in public restrooms in America he said he rarely saw an American man washing his hands afterwards. I didn’t believe him and chalked it up to more “America is bad” ranting on his part. However, I could generalize and say that it must be true because another person who knew nothing about my husband and my conversation said the exact same thing.
Let me tell you that if I read that on a blog I will be commenting that it is a bunch of hogwash. My Dad and brother and other American men I know and knew wash their hands.
However, a blogger could generalize and say that American men are disgusting and don’t wash their hands after using the restroom. I bet a whole lotta Americans are going to get really pissed off at that blogger. I would expect some emails, commenting and blogging about it! I know Americans….I am American. It would be all hell broke loose on the poor blogger that posted about dirty non-handwashing American men. I know I wouldn’t just walk away from that blog and never go back without saying that was a bunch of shit. Because I love the American men in my life and would never let someone say that without commenting on it.
It is the same for the Frenchman in my life and my little French kids. Fair is fair. If you can’t take it…don’t dish it out! The blogger in question was out of line and went too far. I think she shouldn’t be surprised by the reaction and if she is then she should start a blog that is password protected.
My view on blogging is this. If you have your blog sitting out there on the internet for all to see you are saying it is ok to be questioned and called on the carpet. I don’t have a problem with that. If I did I would start one of those blogs where it is password protected or go out and buy myself a paper diary.
This is my blog and I will put what I want on it and if someone is not happy they have their own blog and are free to use it or make a comment on my blog or email me. That’s life.