I got my first question for the "Ask Mellie" segment of this blog! Huzzah! Ok, I'm totally geeking out about this, considering I just actually used the word huzzah. So here goes!
What is an appropriate response to someone who uses a social networking site like facebook as a platform for be-littling you or one of your family members? There has to be a diplomatic resolution here, right?
Troubled in Tennessee
Well, Troubled, here is what I see. There is no room for diplomacy in this situation. This is family and we always protect our own. So I see cold-blooded revenge! I think this person should be exposed in some way. I see something in a dirty little secret, a closeted skeleton or maybe even an unflattering tape that mysteriously gets "leaked". But I guess if you want to take the high road...
It's always bothered me that some people take something as positive as facebook and use it as a platform for negativity. I personally try to never get involved in these online "debates". But if someone said something negative about one of my friends or family members, I certainly couldn't just sit by and let it go. I wouldn't say anything to this person publically but I would send them a private message acknowledging their right to their opinion but that's it's not appreciated when it's belittling someone, family or not, especially in such a public way. They need to know that their carelessness has hurt you and I'm sure whoever their words were aimed at as well. Some people just don't think about consequences of their actions most times and maybe you speaking up and letting them know how it has affected you will ring a bell. Maybe not, but at least now they know that their hurtful actions haven't gone unnoticed. Most importantly, don't sink to their level and engage in a public, online argument. It won't look good for any of you. But then there's always the route of revenge. If you need someone to drive the getaway car, let me know...I'm so there.