||[Jun. 4th, 2006|09:02 pm]
What can I say, I feel talkative tonight.|
I have finally come to the conclusion that I don't understand people. Everywhere I turn I see these silly little drama inducing games that go on and do nothing other than generate strife and discord.
I am an only child. Thus, I have to admit that despite my total lack of social skill, I crave attention a great deal. Often, at a party or in a bar, I will go out of my way to crack jokes, make political observations in a witty form, or basically do what it takes to have people look in my direction. I generally have to be a sheet and a half to the wind in order to be up front about it, but still. I do enjoy attention.
The point I am making is that I enjoy positive attention. Yes, cracking jokes, etc tends to draw negative attention as well. Particularly around dumb or ignorant people, or the people you are making jokes about. Still, I have yet to understand the principle of gossip.
To note, there is an extreme difference between gossip and news. News relies on facts, information that does not pre-dispose someone to an opinion. Gossip essentially is also news, but often without facts behind it, and with the intent to make another person look bad.
The point I am attempting to make. Why do people use slander, libel, and other rude gestures targeted against other people? If you don't like someone, that is quite fine. There is a good list of people I don't like. I tend to avoid them and avoid comment about them. Why bother making things up about them, blowing things out of proportion concerning them, and generally being quite the evil person?
Am I odd in that if someone asks me something about someone I dislike, I tend to shrug, at the worst say I am not fond of them, and not go into details?
I will admit, as one might have noticed from my previous posts, I enjoy telling the news. I love being on screen, reading off the news stories, informing others to what is going on around them. However, how far away from that is gossip, where does one draw the line?
(ok, now I am done for the night, potentially until my finals are over = 2 weeks)