Why do people enjoy posting their opinion on the internet?The internet is a new phenomenon. We are still learning how it works and what it means. But it seems to be a place where certain people...

Why do people enjoy posting their opinion on the internet?

The internet is a new phenomenon. We are still learning how it works and what it means. But it seems to be a place where certain people love to pontificate, pronounce and proscribe.

Why?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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They like to feel as though they are being listened to and that their opinion matters and is valued.  Posting it online seems almost like publishing in that regard, and seems to give it some legitimacy, though by wandering past a lot of online discussion/message boards, there's clearly a lot of dreck out there too.

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I agree with Post #9 as well.  It's an opportunity to articulate ideas and philosophies with like minded individuals. At least, with like minded individuals like Posters #9 and #10. And hey, we ARE reading what you are posting. And if you got this far, you are, too!

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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We all have certain needs and the need to he heard is one of them. Not to mention most of us have opinions on everything from tuna salad to trucks. We want people to listen to us, we realize everyone will not agree with our opinion but we still feel the need to express it. Educators especially have this need, after all that's what we do everyday... try to get the classroom to listen and pay attention.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Anonymity makes us daft. It is perhaps the best part about posting opinions straight from the heart and that is what makes it a good thing. When I see people voting against or in favor of things it makes me wonder whether they'd be able to say their true opinion if they were to be seen. It is also an open venue for dialogue. That is what matters most.

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I think many people do not get the chance to feel listened to in their life.  They want to be able to express themselves and state how they feel about something without threat.  The internet provides them with the opportunity to do that. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I think anonymity is a big reason for the appeal of internet blogs and forums. If you use an assumed name, you write whatever you want, and no one will know who you are.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Matthew Arnold said "Journalism is literature in a hurry."  If that's the case, then the "blog" is journalism in a hurry.  And the "tweet" is the blog in a hurry.

Real-time blogging is a powerful tool in the media-driven literary world.  Sure, blogs can be reactionary, but they express a quick-after-the-fact response to an issue.

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linalarocca | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I agree with post #9. I believe that people should think and write freely without being judged. I like the idea of getting lost in the crowd of posts and blogs. The magical ability of remaining anonymous is very intriguing. I think it gives people the courage to speak freely.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Wow. The underlying sentiment here seems so negative. What about the opportunity of open discourse for all. For me it’s not so much about being able to express my opinions as much as it is to discuss my thoughts with diverse individuals that I would probably never encounter in my day to day life.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I would agree that it gives people a chance to voice their opinion without the chance of conflict or argument. You can go onto a blog and post your opinion and not worry any more about it.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It makes us feel important.  It's as if we actually matter.  Now, no one is very likely to be actually reading what we say, or caring about what we say.  But at least we get to say it and we get to fool ourselves that we matter.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The democratization of opinion is one of the greatest and simultaneously worse aspects of the internet.  The ability to offer opinions through chat rooms, blogs, as well as other forums helps to create the ability to be heard in many settings.  This is something that allows individuals to feel a sense of power in a world that might seek to minimize such feelings.

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I think everyone enjoys having an audience, and the Internet allows anyone with access to a computer the ability to share their views and opinions with a large number of people quickly and inexpensively. It has opened up a number of new avenues for publication, it has allowed people to connect quickly with others who share their opinions all over the world, and it has also allowed people to build fan bases and even careers quickly. The danger in this is that it means that the reader has to always be careful of what he or she reads on line. Because there is so little oversight, it is up to the reader to separate fact from unsubstantiated opinion. However, for the writer, there is a podium, a pulpit, a soap box at all hours of the day and night!

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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One reason that people post opinions on the internet is because they are not face to face to someone and therefore they are avoiding conflict if the reader disagrees. It's anonymous. The internet allows people to be social in a non-social way.

Also, it is easier for some people to express their feelings when it is stranger who is reading their opinions.

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jonmarsh80 | eNotes Newbie

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It have many reasons to posting their own opinion on the internet. All other person can see that and get something from that and also earn from that and websitehave traffic by that opinion.

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larryheart | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Why do people enjoy posting their opinion on the internet?

The internet is a new phenomenon. We are still learning how it works and what it means. But it seems to be a place where certain people love to pontificate, pronounce and proscribe.

Why?

I think that the reason is very very simple.

All people are afraid of the public opinion and they are afraid that their opinion won't intersect with a public one.

Internet is anonimizing all their thoughts and on the other hand people understand that this is exactly their point of view.

We can write that we love to watch glee online and it's absolutely normal.

I think that these are the main reasons.

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The Internet provides an imagined audience for people who maybe have no real audience.

...It also provides anonimity.

...And allows the assumption of authority.

Posters can safely fantasize that 1000s of people are spellbound by their every word and they can elevate themselves from a barely-informed Joe-Shmoe to a world-class expert on all subjects. And any attempt to challenge their opinions is ultimately barbless and without consequence. The Net is a frustrated fantasist's perfect platform. (And, yes, I can appreciate the irony of posting that comment on the internet)

Why do you assume the negative? What about the emotionally damaged who need to vent and express themselves in a perfectly safe environment, where nobody has to know anything they don't want them to. It's a release, and can be extremely therapeutic...

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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It's impersonal; we feel that we aren't going to be judged. It's similar to texting, teens say things via text meassages they would never say to your face. Post #10 expresses my sentiments exactly...I'm one of those people you're asking about.

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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Because:

  • There remains anonymity and confidentiality if you wish
  • There is scope to share your view with lots of people throughout the world and create a network
  • Most importantly, it is the best way where you can express yourself and at the same time, within a very short period of time, get judged by others with the help of a few clicks on the mouse.

Isn't it great? To me, it is.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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The Internet provides an imagined audience for people who maybe have no real audience.

...It also provides anonimity.

...And allows the assumption of authority.

Posters can safely fantasize that 1000s of people are spellbound by their every word and they can elevate themselves from a barely-informed Joe-Shmoe to a world-class expert on all subjects. And any attempt to challenge their opinions is ultimately barbless and without consequence. The Net is a frustrated fantasist's perfect platform. (And, yes, I can appreciate the irony of posting that comment on the internet)

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