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How words are misconveyed and can be hurtful to others

Updated on November 6, 2013

Sometimes it pays to keep your typing shut

Misunderstanding the meaning of words

As a writer, it is not always easy to get a reader to follow the meaning that is conveyed in an answer or a story because everyone has their own interpretation of how it is presented.

Sometimes one word will seem to make someone so mad that they won't take a moment to realize that what was said was not meant to be mean, thus causing a big blow up that never needed to happen.

In public forums such as facebook, myspace and yes even here on hub pages, there are times when people will get out of hand because they misunderstood what someone was saying and started a bunch of hoopla for absolutely no reason.

Especially when one talks about religion, politics, or government.

Each person has a different way of taking in information and redistributing it to mean what is right to them. But that doesn't mean that the way you conveyed it is the way the writer proposed it to be.

I would think that before flying off the handle with due respect, it would be better to ask the person what did you mean by that then assume they were attacking you, being mean or rude. They might not have meant anything by what they said or might have meant it entirely different then it was typed.

You see when you are dealing with a public forum and you don't know the person personally and do not know their personality, it is unfair to convey what they write to the way you want it to be. We all are individuals, adults, with a mind of our own and sometimes some people need to mind their own business instead of making it up as they go.

It's bad enough that we have to live in uncertain times, but now be at the hands of people we don't even know commenting on things they know nothing about or how we wanted it to come across.

Why should anyone have to take abusive attitudes towards people they don't know? That is how people get killed for mouthing off about something they had no idea about.

Be respectful to people's comments or words they write and if you're doubting the way it sounds then ask instead of adding insults. I always try to convey what I mean to my readers, but sometimes it does not come across to people in the way I intended it to be. This is a normal process but it doesn't have to make people be disrespectful to each other.

If in doubt ask. Don't Assume!

How one story became a real crisis

Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds"—a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth.

Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells' 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for several years, most notably as the voice of "The Shadow" in the hit mystery program of the same name. "War of the Worlds" was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of the havoc it would cause.

The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: "The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells." (Today in History)

As you can see this broadcast caused a big uprising to our nation thinking that the world was being invaded by mars. People ran and screamed and thought we were being attacked by Martians. In the end he must have felt like a jerk to make people really believe that this was happening.


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    • Author Cheryl profile image

      Cheryl 4 years ago

      I agree. It's not enough that the world has become almost unbearable to live in but we must put up with people we don't even know raging insults at us for no reason.

    • Eric Prado profile image

      Eric Prado 4 years ago from Webster, Texas

      I completely agree with you. A lot of the time, a misconception or a misunderstanding will be taken to a level of unnecessary belligerence and caused by an assumed thought as opposed to an asked question. Very aptly put hub. Voted up. =)

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