Social media causes strife, even between cities
The world of social media opens up many doors for drama and petty feuds, which is what happened between two news organizations following David Price's trade from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers.
Following the trade, Fox 13 in Tampa Bay tweeted a meme comparing a run-down area of Detroit to a beach setting in Florida that read "Good luck, David!" The message with the tweet said "Take some comfort, Rays fans," which was a thinly-veiled insult towards the Detroit area.
Of course, Fox 2 News retaliated, creating a meme that showed a practically empty Tampa Bay stadium above a Comerica Park filled to capacity.
Fox13 tweeted a pretty lame meme apology after the retaliation.
While the exchange was all in good fun, and Fox 2 said in a story that there were no hard feelings towards Fox 13, this is still an example of how social media can prove to be a prime environment for pointless attacks on other people.
When you're behind a computer screen, it's much easier to type up hurtful or snarky comments. Most things said with the help of a keyboard would never be said out loud and in person — that's why hate comments are so easily spread over anonymous messaging systems. Confidence levels receive a major boost when you're online, and suddenly, no words are off-limits no matter who they could hurt.
Hateful comments can be posted on stories on any news site. Anonymous messages can be sent over social media websites. People online can be attached anywhere, over any medium.
The Detroit and Tampa Bay exchange was for fun, but still acts as an example of how it only takes the click of a button to send mean-spirited comments and tweets. The Fox 13 tweet was clearly a jibe at the Detroit area, and even if Fox 2 didn't take offense, others could have.
The Detroit and Tampa Bay friendly feud is only another example of how easy social media makes it to attack each other. With comments left uncensored and nothing to hold them back, the online world can become a hostile environment even for people trying to post their own opinions.