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.