NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The title of this article condenses a Tweet I posted earlier today. You can, by the way, follow me on Twitter. Outside of TheStreet, that's where so much of the action happens.Anyway, I'm not in the mood to fool around. This is serious. Somebody has to say it. And, today, that somebody, that voice of reason is me.
Maybe my opinion is jaundiced by the fact that I have a public job and am exposed to an unhealthy level of vitriol, but is the world really a better place now that every ego has a storefront [Facebook] and every negative part of you can have a screen name [via Internet forums]? Weren't we more civil when our critiques of each other involved eye contact? Maybe my rationality can't escape the gravity of my experience on this one.
Look at the [Dallas Morning News] comments [section]. Still amazes me what snarling dogs we are under our thin veneers. Sure, you can simply tune them out. But snark (and meanness) is mental porn. It's fun to make it, and damn hard to look away once you glance at it.
Social Media rests firmly on the twin pillars of narcissism and voyeurism. We conduct our own show and follow the shows of others. That can be initially satisfying, because everyone has some small desire of being famous, admired, listened to, or important. The problem with the current ease of having your own reality show is that everyone else has their own show too, and Other People are just damn annoying.I'll receive snark for having made mountains of molehills. For taking things deep, philosophical and, at times, deadly serious and associating them with something as seemingly insignificant as people ragging on Apple. Money managers such as Jeff Gundlach going on CNBC to predict -- again -- that AAPL will fall to $425.