Pouge at the NYtimes goes off in an almost Andy Rooney tirade about ‘Whatever Happened to Online Etiquette?‘.
The deeper we sail into the new online world of communications, the sadder I get about its future.
Iâ€™m OK with criticism, Iâ€™m fine with disagreement, Iâ€™m perfectly capable of handling angry mail. Thatâ€™s not the issue here (although my teenage correspondent above was, in fact, wrong about every single one of his points).
Iâ€™ve even accepted personal attacks as part of the job. Iâ€™m a columnist; the heat comes with the kitchen.
But whatâ€™s really stunning is how hostile *ordinary* people are to each other online these days.
I’ve been around, and I’ve seen more forum and comment trolls than most, so maybe I’m immune, but I can honestly say that the root of all new future trolls originates at Digg. It’s like the new breeding ground of trolls in training. They should change the Digg tag line to “99.9% Troll Super Fantastic – Fuck You, This Is Lame!”.
Seriously, Mr. Pogue, you’re right that a lot of people online today are jackasses, however, a lot are not. Stay away from Digg, and stop writing about the things that 15-year-olds with ergo keyboards obsess about, and you’ll live a much happier life :)