Saturday, July 14, 2007

It's weird how being an absolute jerk on the internet is so attractive to people. They don't actually mean anything by it, they don't really hate the people they're insulting horribly, and if you don't take them seriously while they haze you then once they get to know you they'll be just as likely to be nice as they are to be nasty. But when they're nasty they're awful. It's sometimes almost impossible to tell whether somebody is insulting you because they actually dislike you or just for fun, banter they expect you to respond to in kind. Casual racism and sexism and horrible concepts tossed around for laughs, even if the people are truly deeply against those things. I'm sure there's all sorts of deep psychological truths at work about the freedom of anonymity and so on, but it's still strange to see it in action.

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