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Let Your Photos Do the Talking


Have you ever posted something on a forum only to receive an unhelpful response?  What about a nasty blog comment or a rude Facebook post?  Unfortunately, you’re not alone.  In fact, this phenomenon has recently been dubbed the “Online disinhibition effect”. Wikipedia defines it as a “complete abandonment of social restrictions and inhibitions on the Internet that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction.”  Simply put, some online users hide behind a false persona, or a mask of anonymity to spread discontent and vitriol. 

While it's difficult to get a handle on why some feel the need to act out in this manner, there is one commonality.  They would rather be talking about your photos than taking their own.  To these self proclaimed experts, this sticky note is for you.    


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Reader Comments (3)

You are very correct. Although I personally don't see it that promulgate, what is very easy to see is the negative attitude by some on the forums, just in the comments they make. As an NYIP student, this is why I stopped posting my photos in the forum. It's not really about people in the forum being nasty, sometimes it's just the way they talk down to you, offer non-constructive opinions, or simply ignore you because you're not in their little clique. NYIP is a fantastic learning tool and I would recommend it to anyone. The people working at the school are terrific and so are most of the people in the NYI Forum.
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAn NYIP Student
As I like to say, "Those who try to belittle you are only trying to bring you down to their size."
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexi
I love it! This is so true. There's always folks who need to feel they are better than someone, sadly some never stop! Just glad the instructors and staff at NYIP treat us very well. It's a spirit of photography I hope to carry with me forever.
January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkericson
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