005 / The Craig Ferguson Rule

There is a wonderful thing we get to have when we have an internet connection:
An audience.

There is a horrible thing we get to have when we have an internet connection:
An audience.

There are instances where standing up for what’s right is our responsibility.
Sexism, racism, misogyny are not OK. It doesn’t matter if you are a huuuuuuuge presidential candidate or hiding behind a cartoon avatar.

For the other instances. The ones where we get into silly, troll-ish, arguments.
The ones where we must let everyone know on facebook how we feel about certain gossip.
The ones where we are so sure every one is dying to know our opinion. For those, I have a simple rule I have been using for years, courtesy of the great Craig Ferguson:

ANYTIME you feel like saying (or writing) anything online, follow these three simple steps:

1 Does this need to be said?

*If answer is yes, proceed to the next step. If answer is no, probably not a good idea.

2 Does this need to be said by me?

*If answer is yes, proceed to the next step. If answer is no, probably not a good idea.

3 Does this need to be said by me now?

*If answer is yes, proceed to post. If answer is no, probably not a good idea.

It doesn’t matter if you have an audience of 1, 10, 50, 1000, or 1 million.
Follow these three steps and I can guarantee it will be a better day for everyone, and, in the words of Craig, a great day for America.

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