Friday, November 30, 2007

If you build it, trolls will come...

I've alluded in the past to my utter disdain for forum comments but reading some particularly egregious abuses of the human intellect today inspired me to sum up my feelings on the matter with a little graph. The thing about the internet, particularly this whole web 2.0 thing, is that you find yourself confronted with undeniable proof of human stupidity on a daily basis. Sure you could just ignore the comments but it is very difficult not to be a cyber-rubbernecker. Forum comments, particularly those related to any complex or particularly subtle issue, are like a car wreck happening in real-time in your peripheral vision; you can't help but stop and stare at all of the carnage with a look of fascination and horror.

The information age has provided humanity with the remarkable ability to communicate incredible amounts of knowledge across vast distances nearly instantaneously. Millions of years of evolution have led up to this wondrous invention, a river of light upon which all the goods of human dreams may be transported. Or we could just say, "first post" and leave it at that.

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