A comment. A comment is probably something you relate to social media now more than what it used to be. A comment, or commentary, is a remark, oberservation, or criticism pertaining to something. They used to suggest or infer to a new idea and provide some further thought. Comments were something that would expand thought or debate. Comments usually were followed with a gesture of respect.
They have become something very different in modern times. With the advent of social media, verbs that were once known as something else have evolved into completely new meanings. My topic, comments, are something entirely different too. They can be anonymous or personal. They can be from a stranger or a “friend” (another social media noun). They can be welcomed or unwelcome. Comments nowadays have turned into a more disconnected and less constructive form of communication. They also seem to lack respect, and the commentator to possess a feeling of entitlement to what they have said. Where comments used to be verbal they are now through text. They are mostly vulgar these days and don’t lead to constructive thought. Comments used to be a serious form of criticism and now they are taken a lot less seriously.
My map shows both sides of the spectrum. Commentary versus Comment. Old versus new.