Why is the Web2.0 Population So Mean?

This blog has moved to its new permanent home at http://nomadishere.com.

I can get just as snarky, pissed and judgmental as the next Digg, Slashdot or Wikipedia user… but I always try to keep my cool and treat others with R E S P E C T. Its just something I think is important. Apparently I am not the only one wondering whats going on.

“The real shame, though, is that the knee jerk “everyone else is an idiot” tenor is poisoning the potential the Internet once had. People used to dream of a global village, where maybe we can work out our differences, where direct communication might make us realize that we have a lot in common after all, no matter where we live or what our beliefs.

But instead of finding common ground, we’re finding new ways to spit on the other guy, to push them away. The Internet is making it easier to attack, not to embrace.

Maybe as the Internet becomes as predominant as air, somebody will realize that online behavior isn’t just an afterthought. Maybe, along with HTML and how to gauge a Web site’s credibility, schools and colleges will one day realize that there’s something else to teach about the Internet: Civility 101.”

(thanks David Pogue of The New York Times)


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