The Intense Reality of Online Community.


(Magnificent Mantis by Lisi4ka.)

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few lasting mental scars from hanging around internet message boards for way too long. No matter what the website, no matter what the topic, there will inevitably be messy savage conflict.

It’s human nature combined with layers of anonymity and it gets ugly real quick.

Today, on the Daily Kos website, someone named The Termite encapsulated the experience quite nicely.

Not for the squeamish, totally real:

You know what it reminds me of?  It reminds me of the time we bought our daughter a praying mantis habitat and a bunch of praying mantis larvae.

The larvae hatched one day, and we poured the seething throng of mantises from the tube they came in and into their new home — an 18-inch cube with a zipper and clear plastic sides.  That night, they went totally Israel/Palestine on each other.  We awoke to carnage.

It was a mantis massacre.  What had started as 150 newborn insects, all indistinguishable from each other, was now a landscape strewn with bug heads, bug legs, bug torsos.  They had attacked and eaten each other, as is apparently their wont.  Only six of them remained alive, clinging to the sides of their habitat, their eyes wide with abject “what the **** was that?” terror.

I don’t have the stomach for this nonsense.  For watching liberals eat each other.

Whether it is liberals on a political site, or gamers on a gaming site, or anyone on an anyone site, people tend to aim for the virtual throat.

Maybe we could all agree on a New Year’s resolution. Allow others to have their opinions, without attacking full force every time we disagree.

Sounds like a plan.


Filed under Rambles, The Interwebs Rock!

2 responses to “The Intense Reality of Online Community.

  1. Sounds like a plan, I’m on board.

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