Okay, I’m going to go on a rant here and I’m not really mad at anyone in particular, I’m just sick and fucking tired of the lack of responsibility and politeness some people and groups have, where they really don’t give a damn about anyone or anything and it fucking shows.
Last week, The Atheist Experience had some technical difficulties and didn’t have a show. From what I’m given to understand, their producer didn’t show up and instead, they just aired a rerun. Okay, shit happens, I get that, but when something like this happens, the first thing any responsible person ought to do is make an announcement that something is going on, there will be no show, apologize for it and move on. It takes a few seconds. They have plenty of avenues to do it, they can announce it on their blog, their website, Twitter, etc. They can even go in and post it as a topic in their Ustream chat room. It isn’t like nobody knows what’s going on, they have hosts, they have a whole bunch of people behind the scenes, they have the fucking president and vice president of the ACA who ought to give a damn about their flagship product, etc. Nope, nobody did a thing and this is hardly the first time this has happened.
When we’re missing a week on the podcast, I make sure I announce it. It goes out on Twitter and Tumblr and anyone subscribed to the podcast feed gets an announcement. It’s basic respect for the people that want to listen to the podcast. I actually give a damn about the people who show up week after week. It ought to be the minimum activity that should be expected.
So this week, people were talking about not having a show last week on the Ustream chat and even though I rarely ever post anything there, mostly because it’s chock-full of assholes and idiots, I said something about “it would have been nice if anyone had posted there wouldn’t be a show so people who were waiting would know.” That was it. Nothing angry, nothing accusatory, nothing insulting, just a suggestion that someone could have done something instead of just leaving hundreds of people who show up just to see the show to their own devices. But instead of being thanked for the suggestion, instead of saying “that’s a good idea”, I had assholes yelling at me for daring to suggest decent behavior. Yup, I’m not paying for the show so I have no right to say anything about the behavior of this organization. Bullshit.
But I guess that being responsible and being accountable and actually giving a shit about anyone but yourself is a thing of the past. People don’t know how to say please and thank you. People don’t care if you live or die. It’s all about them. It’s all about what makes them happy and anyone else… screw ’em, they just don’t matter. It’s not just Atheist Experience, it’s everyone. That’s the kind of thing that pisses me off because people seem to be entirely unable to observe the basic social niceties anymore. People shouldn’t have to be reminded to be polite. Sure, people make mistakes, but this isn’t about making mistakes and being apologetic about them, this is about not caring in the first place and when the mistake is pointed out, not giving a shit about it, in fact, not just not giving a shit, but being upset that anyone suggested that you should have done something to begin with.
It’s no wonder this planet is going to hell in a handbasket. [/rant]