Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kindness Finds Its Niche on the Web

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kindness Finds Its Niche on the Web

Article excerpt

ANYONE venturing online on any given day could be forgiven for expecting a virtual tidal wave of bad feeling, anger, conceit and exasperation. The links we share on social media seem to be dominated by things we find distasteful and, for some reason, require our friends to find distasteful, too.

Indeed, some web business models seem entirely predicated on serving up content that's guaranteed to provoke fury, recrimination and tedious argument.

But occasionally internet virals emerge that buck the trend; things so conspicuously and unexpectedly nice that they stick out.

Recently, Buzzfeed posted 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity: a collection of images that depict acts of kindness. From the two Norwegian men rescuing a hapless sheep in difficulty after falling in the sea, to the bookstore sign explaining that if you adon't have money to buy books and want to read, then help yourselfa, we were all over these pictures like a rash; blubbering into our laptops.

We were thankful that we'd managed to find an oasis of goodwill and decency in a desert of self-promotion and righteous indignation. …

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