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Most of the people reading this post right now are bloggers. Sharing our opinions is what we do. If you’re like me, then you have a lot of opinions, especially about books. (And food. But mostly books.) I’ve been wondering if there are times when you should keep those bookish opinions to yourself.
One of the book bloggers I follow on Twitter passionately dislikes a popular book series. I haven’t read this series because it doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, but I guess controversial stuff happens (or fails to happen) in the books. Some people are angry about how the controversial stuff is handled in the series. This particular blogger is massively pissed off about the “stuff.” She often complains about the series, its author, and its rabid fans. Sometimes, when I read her tweets, I think Wow, that’s harsh, but her tweets usually don’t bother me because it’s her Twitter page. She can post whatever she wants on it. If I’m not in the mood for rage, I can scroll over her posts.
Earlier this year, the newest book in the series came out. The blogger ramped up her rage. Whenever someone mentioned the new book on Twitter, she replied to their tweet with a massive multi-tweet rant. The rant basically said If you like this series, then you’re a terrible person and need to reevaluate your life choices.
I didn’t mind this blogger’s rants when they were just floating around Twitter, but once she started directing them at specific people, they started to seem . . . shitty. These people weren’t asking for thoughts on the series. They were posting photos and getting excited about their preorders showing up. Maybe they knew about the controversial stuff and didn't think it was handled poorly. The blogger was giving her opinion without anybody asking for it.
This has made me wonder when it’s okay to give your opinion online. Is everything online fair game for opinions? When you post something on social media, should you expect people to give their thoughts on it? If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, right? If you can’t stand the opinions of strangers, get off the Internet.
Or, does personal space exist online? Should you only give your opinion if it’s asked for? If someone is excited about a book you hate, is it okay to say you hate it, or should you ignore it and move on?
Let’s discuss: I want to know your opinion on opinions. When should you speak up, and when should you back away from the keyboard?