Last Saturday Pete Alonso of the NY Mets broke the single season rookie homerun record by hitting his 53rd. This brought cheers from fans of the recently eliminated from wild card contention team. It also caused Alonso to pump his fist as he circled the bases, and tear up in the inning after this shot. To me, this was a pure and wonderful moment. Here’s a kid who always dreamed of being a major leaguer capable of hitting a ball 400 feet, and he fulfilled that dream. Bravo I say.
But what did others say?
The great majority of people agreed with me. Yay Pete. But others… Let’s just say that the twitterverse was apparently resplendent with people that thought Pete was a big giant ass. One man even said that it was complete and utter arrogance that made Pete pump his fist as he rounded the bases, and someone that arrogant shouldn’t hold a record, and he wasn’t happy for Alonso at all. In fact, he was disgusted.
A ballplayer is not allowed to show excitement for an on field accomplishment.
If you reverse that, and say, he just quietly rounded the bases, he would be criticized for lacking emotion and being too blasé about having just eclipsed another players record. He would probably be called undeserving.
In the world of social media, you can’t be too excited, nor can you be too calm. But is this a Goldilocks scenario, because is there ever going to be anything that’s just right?
I recently complained to a friend about something I read on Facebook- I thought someone had made a ridiculous statement. My friends response- “You should just throw your smartphone in the river.” I laughed at first- I mean- no smartphone? How would I geographically locate anything without maps? How will I buy tickets for things whthe oeich need to be screened? I mean….. I’m not even on Twitter….. Yet….maybe he had a point. I’m not even on Twitter and I still see stupid tweets…..
There are good things about social media. But I’m wondering if the bad is so overwhelmingly awful that it totally negates any of the good stuff. Does social media give us a license to me meaner and nastier? Is there any reason for people to let out their toxic thoughts 146 characters at a time, 24/7? What is driving us to be unnecessarily critical of everyone and everything around us? Why do we think we are better than anyone else? That our way of doing things is better than another?
I realize that social media is here to stay. But I can’t help but hope that it goes the way of the pet rock and the mood ring. Hopefully, trending is just a trend….