Social media madness?

Blogging has been affected by my activity in several social media front lines as part of my contribution to the defense of Israel. While I sort of expected the hate and the bigotry, the extent of it has been an unpleasant surprise.

But what has been an even bigger surprise is the number of times I have had exchanges that go along the following broad lines:

Anti-Israel Poster: I hate Israel. It’s done this…[take your pick of the current bash of defamatory nonsense allegations] and it should be destroyed.

Me: You make this allegation, but here are the facts.

Anti-Israel Poster: I hate Israel. [Repeats allegation.]

Me: Did you read what I posted – the facts? Do you dispute the facts? Why? What’s your source?

Anti-Israel Poster: I hate Israel. [Repeats allegation.]

Me: You have ignored my earlier post. It included the facts that directly contradict your unfounded allegation. Do you dispute the facts? Why? What’s your source?

Anti-Israel Poster: I hate Israel. [Repeats allegation.]

At this point in time, I can sort of hear the Anti-Israel poster stamping his feet on the floor as he thumps the keyboard while typing: “I HATE ISRAEL!” When he calms down, he removes the block capitals…

Facts and logic are ignored. I’m not sure if this is largely the result of a poor education, a belief in the divine sanctity of the BBC, the Guardian, and the like, a political brainwashing, a core of malevolent hate, or some combination. Or is it a peculiar disease infecting only practitioners of social media?

I am unsure of the value of such exchanges. Are there lurkers who read these exchanges and form opinions based on the facts, or their affinity to one or other argument?