We are entering an era of low fault tolerance - Huxiu.com#
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This is a phenomenon caused by the pursuit of traffic and attention by the general public.
We are entering an era of low fault tolerance#
Recently, I have had a feeling:
In recent years, it seems that we have gradually entered an era of low fault tolerance.
From being criticized on the internet for dyeing hair, to being rumored for dressing nicely, from a subjective comment causing endless arguments, to a normal statement being misinterpreted and reported.
One wrong move, and you lose everything.
And this low fault tolerance is all-encompassing.
Firstly, it applies to prominent figures.
If you don't meet my expectations, I'll attack you.
In recent years, whether it's internet celebrities or company executives, everyone likes to "put on armor" when expressing their opinions, and they have to publish a statement for every statement.
I have previously written a skit called "How to Safely Wish You a Happy New Year," mocking this phenomenon.
The statements and positions of celebrities are extremely prone to mistakes.
For example, Luo Xiang, a popular science teacher of criminal law, was forced to delete his Weibo account just because he shared a book he was reading, which was misinterpreted as an insinuation against others due to certain differing views.
Liu Xuezhou, an orphan searching for his relatives, simply wanted some sense of security, but was misinterpreted as demanding a house from his biological parents, causing some "enthusiastic netizens" to feel betrayed and launch an online attack against him, ultimately leading to his suicide to prove his innocence.
Some people criticize Yu Hua's book, claiming that "To Live" distorts Chinese values.
Some people cherry-pick and take out of context some of Mo Yan's past remarks, and conclude that he should be silenced.
In recent years, people have become increasingly demanding of public figures, not only expecting them to be "superhuman" and accurate in their respective fields, but also expecting them to be "saints" without any moral flaws and omniscient in terms of information.
And once they are not gods, not saints, once they fail to meet the expectations of certain people, they are particularly prone to criticism.
Therefore, if they make a slip of the tongue in public, they are seen as untrustworthy; if they express their opinions without considering the occasion, they are seen as unreliable; if their past remarks are dug up, they are forced into hiding; if they made a small mistake in their youth, it is blown up into a major scandal years later.
The internet, as an amplifier, is constantly filtering such information and emphasizing this point to us.
In recent years, I have witnessed offensive behavior, from Na Ying's comment that "Dao Lang's music lacks aesthetics," to Pan Changjiang saying "I haven't heard of Cai Xukun," and to asking someone, "What is your representative work?"
I have also witnessed the way criticism has evolved, from writing skits to criticize, to the online mob attacking, to constantly digging up the past and reporting.
Secondly, it applies to "ordinary people."
If you don't meet my expectations, I'll attack you too.
In an era where public figures are becoming more cautious in their words and actions, the target of low fault tolerance is gradually shifting towards ordinary people who suddenly find themselves in the spotlight.
You should know that for ordinary people to suddenly become headline news, they either have to be lucky enough or unlucky enough, and many people have a psychological advantage over these two types of people. So when they see the news, they naturally develop a condescending attitude.
Wuhan's jumping mother, why don't you look disheveled like other bereaved mothers, but instead dress up nicely? Let me teach you a lesson.
Hangzhou's postgraduate girl, why don't you look plain-faced like other postgraduate students, but instead dye your hair to look pretty? Let me teach you a lesson.
Shanghai's bus girl, why don't you go to cram school like other students during the holidays, but instead play cosplay? Let me teach you a lesson.
The most outrageous is Jiang Ge's mother. You lost your daughter, so you should lose your sanity, cry with tears, and be in a state of despair. Why are you still actively participating in online battles and selling products? Let me teach you a lesson.
If the expectation for prominent figures is for them to be "god-like" or "saintly," then the expectation for ordinary people is simply to be a "human," a person who must fit their preconceived notions of what a "person" should be.
Once an ordinary person does not fit their stereotypical image of a "person," they will stand up and "educate" you in the name of "disapproval" or "non-traditional."
The examples mentioned above are just what we can see, but in every corner of the internet, there is no shortage of such "education."
If you post a picture of delicious food on Weibo and say that life should be enjoyed, someone will criticize you for lacking a conscience while children in mountainous areas are still starving.
If you show compassion for cats and dogs and say that people should have love, someone will accuse you of being hypocritical and not being as filial to your parents.
It seems like everyone is waiting to greet your parents, then dig up information about your parents, waiting for others to make mistakes, and then revel in their misfortune.
Therefore, now we have become cautious, careful, and hesitant, and our desire to express ourselves has diminished.
Because with every word we say, every action we take, there are two pop-up windows in our minds, one saying "Are you sure?" and the other saying "Are you really sure?"
I have always wondered why society has become so intolerant of mistakes?
Is it the fault of the masses? Is it the fault of the mob?
But I rarely see such extreme hostility in real life.
In real life, most people seem to have a friendly face and are full of goodwill towards their loved ones, friends, and even strangers.
Until recently, I came across a saying: Only extremes have traffic.
This is an era of traffic, an era where everyone pursues traffic. The more extreme and simplistic an opinion is, the easier it is to be accepted and praised.
To gain attention and traffic, people either reverse it: you see him as white, but he also has black. You see him as right, but he also has flaws. Or they make it absolute: either absolutely right or absolutely wrong.
Following that, in the vast sea of traffic, under the dominance of human nature, people revel in reversals and become extremely excited about absolutes.
People expect darkness, expect flaws, expect downfall, expect collapse.
So a group of people specifically seek out darkness, seek out flaws, create downfall, create collapse.
Therefore, now there is no objectivity, no tolerance, no balance on the internet, only two types of voices: one is absolutely awesome, and the other is absolutely stupid, and when they cancel each other out, only one word remains: "stupid."
It forces you to be flawless, forces you to speak cautiously.
I don't like this kind of "forcing."
But I have no choice.