It seems that sharing your opinion on anything can be a soul cleansing experience or it can be a landmine of controversy and venom. A friend of mine who shall remain nameless did that in regard to a fandom and was soundly blasted for it. This leads to the idea that the more social and open we are about something to more we tend to pay the price.
Friends the Internet can be a great place to get information and news about important things. It can also be a great generator of unnecessary drama among people. Look at any social media platform and there has been a war of words between two people who probably were friends just a day ago.
I have said a few things that have riled up people. Challenging someones beliefs or the things that they are deeply into can be a fast way to fracture friendships. Perhaps we take things too seriously these days. Coming from a person with a thin skin maybe we need to thicken it up.
Our identity is wrapped up in things like movies, TV, books, sports teams and the like. We can be deeply hurt when someone makes fun of us for that. I think geeks and nerds are more impacted by that because that is a part of their nature. They are motivated by the stuff they are into.
You have to own the words you say. Words can impact a person in positive and negative ways.It is worth noting that you have the power to lift people up or tear them down. Opinions can change the world or they can reinforce previously held ideas. We have to respect the freedom that many of us have to express ourselves but lets do it in a responsible way.