Benefit of a Doubt

Ever notice that no matter how a subject may be framed, someone is bound to take offense?

I run into this occasionally on this blog where I make a generic statement, someone looks at it and suddenly, that statement takes on a completely different meaning. There’s been times when I’ve gone out of my way to explain exactly what I mean in a post – attempting to make sure I’m not misunderstood – to no avail.

I can see how this happens on platforms like Twitter: It’s often difficult to convey an exact meaning in 140 characters. Even when some are perfectly clear there’s always going to be someone to take those characters and twist them into a meaning that was never intended.

If some are looking to find fault, where none may exist, it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s just a poorly worded tweet or a misplaced thought in a blog. It’s possible that there’s no ill intent on either writer. It’s also possible that the reader doesn’t know when someone is being sarcastic or facetious in a statement.

Maybe it’s possible to give the benefit of a doubt until a clear meaning is known.

3 thoughts on “Benefit of a Doubt

  1. ” It’s also possible that the reader doesn’t know when someone is being sarcastic or facetious in a statement.”

    I think this happens frequently. Conveying sarcasm and facetiousness in print are easily done and most people are not particularly skilled enough writers to pull it off. Best to avoid be facetious or sarcastic in a statement unless you use some kind of a facial symbol or something akin to this to indicate that that is what the statement is intended to convey. Unless a person knows you personally it is not likely that they will know you well enough to know that sarcasm and facetiousness are your intent when attempted via the written word. It is, I think, a mistake too many writers make: assuming that what looks like sarcasm and facetiousness in their mind will look that way to another person not inside their mind and who has only their words to decipher. This very thing has led me to misinterpret statements by others, including a few by you.


    • Okay. I’d like to use you in a future post. Name you: “Randy”, to give a good example of two people that might disagree on some specifics, but may agree on some meta items

      Is that okay?


      • Sorry I haven’t responded up to now. But sometimes life gets in the way of my online activities.

        Would be happy to have you use me as part of an example.


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