Stopping the Internet

In my original draft of this review, this line — “Formerly anonymous blog commentors would have to say their piece out loud, face to face,” read, “Formerly anonymous blog commenters would be forced to SAY IT TO MY FACE.”  A good edit, that, but my point remains: If you wouldn’t associate your real name with a comment or you wouldn’t express those same ideas in person, given the opportunity, chances are you’re a cowardly asshole who should keep his or her thoughts to him or herself.

Fuck this Internet.

9 comments to Stopping the Internet

  • romo

    wait, you’re a ya author too? you are the best!

  • I completely agree! For better or worse, the internet in this respect is like a rather horrible window into the sad souls and terrified minds of the cowardly assholes (which is and always has been a pretty big slice of the human pie, I will pessimistically add.) But! At least it’s better to know…

  • Molly Smith

    Eh. This would be a lot more relevant without the – wait for it – snarky entries (e.g. ‘Art’ below) and continued internet self-promotion and score-settling, despite protestations to the contrary. The internet got you to the position you’re in today, and you continue to use it to self-promote and take shots at others. OK. That’s fine. Just stop complaining. You have been, and continue to be, a mean, calculated person in print. Therefore, others have been and are ‘mean’ to you, sometimes anonymously, because they can, and it gives them a momentary sense of power and superiority, in exactly the same way that you could blithely dash off a 200-word personal take-down on Gawker. The internet is actually a great equalizer – for every ‘hit’ that you brought to Gawker from your bully pulpit, you probably engendered an equal-sized piece of ill-will, which comes back in anonymous comments and anger and jealousy. Either accept this as the natural order of things, which you set in motion, or move your real estate to a quieter place off-line.

  • Katie

    Yes! This is a good rule of thumb, one which more commenters/bloggers should follow.

    But I do wonder if you’d be able to verbally express the things you wrote in your posts at Gawker to the faces of the people you wrote about. Obviously your name was attached to those posts, but were you able to write the more biting posts without dehumanizing your subjects? Just curious!

  • emily

    You know? I decided a while ago not to work there anymore! It’s something to keep in mind!

  • Jen

    People can be HORRIBLE in person, especially at work. You just have to say, “Is this true?”
    If not, fuck it. If so, you figure out what to do differently. Either way, you come out ahead of such-minded characters, who are everywhere I know of.

  • Um, I didn’t think you were that mean at Gawker. The biggest “take-downs” I remember were of people like John Fitzgerald Page and Eric Schaeffer, and frankly, you were speaking for me (and many others, I imagine)! Your outrage seemed pitched to, like, a thinker’s indignance, the righteous rage of the “creative underclass.” I don’t see what everyone’s panties are getting into a wad about.

  • Patrick Files

    The same rule should apply to student evaluations of their instructors, and, I’m beginning to think, to damn near anything that any of us chooses to write down. To write something small and mean and not own it is a type of vandalism.

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