THE BEST OF US CREATE, NOT DESTROY
1) VIRTUAL = REAL
I express myself online exactly as I would in real life when looking the other person in the eye.
2) ONLINE HATE? NO THANK YOU!
The words I choose to write reflect the person I am: if good manners and respect exude from my keyboard, my brain will be one of the most attractive on the web. Insults and aggression, on the other hand, reveal only my inability to communicate and my stupidity as a primate.
3) THE RULE: SHOW YOUR FACE
No anonymity: I use my name and surname and I take responsibility for what I write on the web.
4) THE EXCEPTION THAT MAKES THE RULE: “CONTROLLED” ANONYMITY
I can use anonymity ONLY in restricted and sporadic cases and ALWAYS for a valid reason (e.g. 1 - "I need to report illegal behaviour by a superior but I'm afraid of getting fired"; e.g. 2 – "I've always been in love with someone but I’m too shy to tell them, so I’m starting by expressing my feelings online before plucking up courage to do it offline").
5) I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. I SWEAR IT!
My review of a person is always the result of an actual experience. It must always be the result of a direct experience, be it single and fleeting or more in-depth and prolonged.
6) “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY”
(so said Ben Parker, uncle of Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man)
I share words and images only after considering and understanding the impact they will have once posted on the web, because everything I do has consequences, be these positive or negative, minor or major.
7) DIVERSITY AS ENRICHMENT
I learn to view diversity as enrichment and not as a threat: because a society based on diversity breeds innovation and progress, because the exchange that springs from this gives rise to new ideas, and because these ideas inevitably lead to cultural and moral growth. (Too difficult? Primates, have years and years of biological evolution taught you nothing?)
8) IDEAS ≠ PEOPLE
I don't judge people but ideas. People are something else: they are a complex and multifaceted world.
9) MY CRITICISM IS DIFFERENT
My criticism is constructive because it does not attack, insult or disparage. My criticism respects others.
10) SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID
I engage my brain before speaking/writing and, if what I have to say falls into at least one of the negative categories mentioned above, I do myself and others a favour and zip it!
Loosely based on the "Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication" published by the "Parole Ostili" social awareness project against the use of hostile language (paroleostili.it)