Thought of the Day: Why Ya Gotta Be So Rude?

Welcome to Thought of the Day! Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield as she poses a question for you all to think about and answer.

Today, we’re asking a really simple question — and it’s got nothing to do with our usual topics of discussion.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen more and more negative comments pop up on our YouTube channel, most noticeably aimed at other viewers and commenters.

So we’ve got to ask: why are you all being so rude to each other?

Watch the video above, and leave your thoughts in the Comments below.


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  • Richard Goldsmith

    Maybe change your tag line: Keep evolving with a smile.
    Anger often comes from frustration, and there’s been plenty of that brought on by the key events in 2016.
    I love a good rant once in a while, and swearing doesn’t bother me if it is non venomous and not directed at individuals (the big T excepted) so I agree let’s take a collective deep breath and banish the anger.

  • Martin Lacey

    I rarely comment on you tube, it’s populated by immature idiots with no concept civility or desire to hold an adult discussion. I’d prefer you embedded your video content here. Youtube has migrated your audience from commenting here 🙁

  • bathbun

    Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people!!!

  • Jeff Laurence

    You are so right. Don’t know if it’s the political climate or what but respect seems to be a thing of the past. Viva la difference.

  • Brian Hughes

    Nikki, I completely agree. I rarely comment anywhere as there is just so much nastiness out there. So l think you’re spot on and I wish I could have put it as straightforwardly yet as eloquently as you did. My thought for life is, Life’s too short to be nasty and it’s much nicer to be pleasant to others. By all means disagree but you don’t have to be aggressive.

    Since I’ve raised my head above the parapet for once, can I just say while I’m here, thanks for all the hard work and I hope you enjoy the holidays.

  • Albemarle

    I don’t read comments or post them on Youtube. Because of problems like yours, there are many Youtube channels that don’t allow commenting.

    I enjoy reading comments and opinions but not personal attacks. There are some EV websites that don’t moderate their comments well enough and so I don’t read their comments either.

    Closed groups are usually excellent for conversation and differences of opinion without crossing into (a) boring repetitive language and (b) personal attacks. Keeping it family friendly and on topic I think is the key. Not an admin job I would like to try to undertake.

    I wonder how many Youtube views one would lose if commenting was not allowed?

  • CDspeed

    People do like to express negative opinions as loudly as they can, I feel bad that you have to put up with this just to write articles on advanced transport. I do think tempers are running high due to the political climate, and the internet does let you carry out a verbal assault with little or no consequences. We just have to, keep calm and carry on.

  • Jeff Songster

    Agree with the sentiments… from my days doing tech support for Apple’s software company,,, Claris… people tend to be freer to be rude over a mediated connection… used to love running into the ‘bold cowards’ in person at trade shows… always far nicer in tone there. Removing anonymity would change things somewhat. Love the show.