Okay, this is serious, I’m not looking for affirmation, just sincere opinions.
It’s about comments like, “that person should DIAF,” meaning ‘die in a fire,’ and the like.
I am giving some pause and thought to this today because a couple posters I like took umbrage with something I said along similar lines. A cop, who used a racial slur, arrested a black man on false charges, deliberately making up a resisting arrest charge, and then had the gall to say that he did it to ‘teach the man respect for the law.’
I read the story and the hypocrisy and injustice of the thing just infuriated me, and I said that if the guy jumped off a cliff, I hoped he wouldn’t hit any birds on the way down.
The exact circumstances maybe don’t matter, just adding them for context.
My belief on this has generally been that if someone said, “I hope that person DIAF” or “that person should jump into the sun,” that it was understood to be hyperbole. I’ve never had anyone say that to me where I thought they literally meant for me to be killed by wolverines or whatever.
But thinking about it, I wonder if I am misreading communication on the internet.
When you see that kind of comment, directed at a person who will never read it, DIAF or whatever, do you think it’s a) internet hyperbole, and not actual wish to do harm, or b) a genuine wish for violence to happen?
I’m being sincere here, I’m not sure what the answer is. I always thought of it as one step beyond, “go jump in a lake,” and not ever that anyone should ACTUALLY die in a fire, or whatever. I can’t think of a single time where I have ever read that phrase, or like the phrase I used this morning, where I actually felt the person wished GENUINE violence to happen.
I think, if someone says, “I hope that person is murdered, I hope someone goes to their house and murders them,” that seems to be a different thing, but I don’t really see that kind of comment very often.
So, my questions are, have you ever said anything like DIAF about a real person, or to a real person?
Do you feel it is a serious statement, or merely a way to vent frustration?
I don’t know the answer…I thought I did, now I’m wondering.
So I’m asking you guys. Thanks.