“Hater” – The Last Resort When Losing An Argument
Lately I’ve been noticing a rather negative trend in online discussions and other venues.
I’m not getting into the whole “haters gonna hate” crap manifested from the hip hop culture. This is about the term “haters” and its saturation of today’s society.
Despite the ongoing efforts to end hate and racism and everything alike, the term “hater” is being used more and more frequently these days. What strikes me is that the people who tend to throw around the term “hater” don’t use it to acknowledge an actual act of hatred (such as from a racist organization), but it’s frequently being used as a way for them to end their side of a discussion or argument.
“You’re just a hater.”
That’s it. Case closed. The invisible brick wall has been built to try to end the conversation, blocking out facts, logic, and all other points of view in the discussion.For example, go to any sports article that talks about controversial athletes, universities, or teams as a whole. In most cases you’ll see at least one person making a claim against said athlete, college, or team, often using hard facts to back up their posting. And in many cases, you’ll see at least one other person making a simple response claiming that the other person is a hater. No facts, logical statements, or anything useful to add to the discussion. It’s just one person trying to end a discussion by playing the “hater” card.
But this doesn’t end with sports.
The term “hater” is so widespread and overused that you’ll see people using it for nearly any type of discussion or criticism, whether it’s in politics, celebrities, businesses, and pretty much everything else in today’s society.
The fact that it’s reached so far into everyday usage is frightening enough. I know that it’s just a passing fad and part of today’s ever-so-popular urban slang, but the term is just plain stupid. It should have never become so widespread in the first place.
That’s today’s society for you. It’s just a laugh a minute as we continue swirling down that great big drain.