Hathor wrote:Sam Hall:
Well, much like real life, net forums tend to lend themselves to a couple of types that pretty much turn EVERYTHING into a sounding board.
How is that bullying? Everyone sounds off sometimes, and since Harlan Ellison is the icon of this place, you'd think that would be expected here.
You could be on a tatting board talking about doilies and somehow the sbuject will ultimately turn to the War in Iraq, or something......I'm burning out. AGAIN
Discussing the war in Iraq doesn't equate with bullying to me either. Where is the line between being an argumentative dude like Harlan Ellison to being a bully? In reading the back pages of this board, it seems that EVERYONE without exception has been nasty to someone else, if they been here long enough. Nature o' the beast and whatnot. And isn't it easier to be a bully when you have a "false net persona" than it is when your real name is out there for everyone to point to?
would it piss someone off knowing there's a better stronger thinker out there flipping burgers an somehow that a cause for envy?
It would fill me with pity, because that's a person who is most likely frustrated, understimulated, and miserable. But it might piss someone off if that person were intellectually arrogant or something. Why, do you flip burgers but are hiding some deep genius?
Would it help any if you imagine my voice as either a mumbling monotone when you read my posts, o with a Tommy Chong lilt..............
I don't know how anyone can really "know" someone just from reading a message board. If you had an indepth convo off the board for a while, maybe then, but just from a UseNet type situation? Prolly not.