Hyper-Local Verbal Warfare
Hyper-local news is all the rage. The masses crave more news, but they want “real” news, whatever that is. As you zoom into a community, you attempt to highlight the daily actions of those around you. It’s when you highlight these very local moments of tight-knit neighbors that you run into the issue of verbal warfare. After reading the dozens of comments pouring in from the deaf community regarding the name change of the Easter Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, EWCDHH, to the Hearing Loss Center, I’m shocked at the lack of humanity from both sides. Behind closed doors and user names, the most hurtful words spew back and forth. Even on a national level, verbal warfare like this happens, but can you imagine doing it to someone anonymously that you personally know? Would they sign these comments to each other’s face?