I maybe in a minority here, but I wish to bitch, piss, whine, and moan about some of the Pit Threads that appear. I’m not talking about any one specific thread; it’s a longtime trend and happens often enough to bug the shit out of me. For all I know, I might have started threads of this ilk myself, back in the day. At any rate, I reached my saturation point and I’m bitching about ALL such threads.
Here’s the scenario:
Poster X finds a shocking news story about somebody doing something heinous. Poster X feels outrage. Poster X rants. Poster X has an even better idea: Let’s get other people outraged, too! So Poster X writes up an angry post and puts it in the Pit. Other posters get all outraged and post to it too, occasionally coming up with new witty ways to punish the bad guys in the story.
Now, I understand that one might be so mightily upset about something that one needs to rant. And that one might be comforted reading the rants of your fellow Dopers. But the world is an outrageous place. We’ve got plenty to be outraged about all the time, right in our own backyards, or on a more global scale. I’m getting tired of pit threads picking out Upsetting News Story Of the Day to get into a lather about.
Maybe I feel pissed because I am angry about the news media for catering to our most prurient and perverse appetite for sick stuff. Like this grandmother poisoning her infant grandchild with salt. That is fucking awful, no argument there. It is not, however, national news. It is a story about one very sick, misguided woman victimizing a poor innocent baby that will probably get turned into a Lifetime Movie (which deserves the same amount of disgust, for the same goddamn reasons–that station is as bad as the National Enquirer sometimes but that is another rant). But this news story doesn’t need to be on everyone’s tongues; it doesn’t need to push other news out of the way. There is not a nationwide epidemic of infanticide by sodium that we all need to be alert to.
The kid being molested in Target also fits this bill, although this story has a few redeeming features: the guy was still at large at the time, and the story reminds us that even 11 year olds might be at risk if you leave them in a store. But still, it’s the same sort of thread. The guy is a sick fuck who needs help (or cruel punishment).
If you are personally pissed because of something that happened to you, I’m all sympathy and gentle coos. Or righteous indignation on your behalf, take your pick. If you are pissed over an event or situation that involves many people, or touches on an issue that matters (or should matter) to some of us, by all means rant away. But please, spare me your writhings over a sensationalist news story you just saw on Fox.