Many believe that because the Internet is an open portal, it allows all manner of content to come and go without regard to how it affects them. Others will say that a website or blog with words like ‘fool’cunt’ is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated. However, if we take a closer look at it, there is a difference between being offended by offensive language and swearing.
We may have to agree that it is completely wrong to swear at another human being, but that does not mean we have to accept that cursing is appropriate in any manner on the Internet. It is certainly our right to say what we like, so long as we don’t hurt anyone and only express ourselves for comedic effect.
The same holds true for offending Internet forums. There are those who feel that comments and content posted on forums should be kept under wraps, but these same people may not mind posting an offensive comment if they think it can be made to look funny. In other words, it doesn’t matter how offensive you think it is, as long as you can get away with it!
Many swear a lot on the Internet, and it may be much easier for them to be less tactful. If they can, they may actually prefer this type of swearing over more civilised language. You just cannot fault someone for swearing in public.
Of course, there is an absolute truth behind swearing on the Internet. The truth is that swearing online is often regarded as being juvenile, crass and even vulgar, whereas swearing in real life is perfectly acceptable.
One of the key differences between the two is that one is always considered to be a childish indulgence while the other is accepted as part of the real world. You can swear in real life without worry of repercussions and yet the same cannot be said about the Internet. For example, if you leave a swear word on a dating site to incite a response, you could find yourself facing a host of consequences.
How could something so filthy be allowed on the Internet? It’s the same if you tell a waiter to f*** off, call someone a cow or make an obscene gesture. Just because it is posted on the Internet, does not mean it is acceptable in real life.
The Internet has proved to be a great addition to the marketing world and has even come to be used to peddle illegal items such as pornography. It would appear that swearing is no longer taboo but part of the culture.
On the Internet, swear words are often found to be embedded in jokes. They become part of the joke and are accepted as part of the humour. The same cannot be said about swearing in real life.
We know that people who swear often find that their swearing is not accepted in the real world, as it is judged by those around them as uncouth and stupid. There is little that can be done to change this and swearing may be one of the only things left for people to fight against in the Internet.
For the most part, swear words are simply not accepted and will be regarded as vile and offensive, which is exactly what many websites want. This means that if people continue to swear, they will find that they will get what they deserve, which is really nothing.
Using swear words on the Internet is tantamount to condemning the content of the website to hell itself. Take a look at what you have written and then take a deep breath before you start using it!