Jay Cronley: Hate can be found with click of a mouse
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Sunday, December 16, 2012
12/16/12 at 4:35 AM
How about hate control. Or lousy parent or guardian control.
Dangerous people usually have a history of anti-social behavior.
Anybody who says somebody dangerous seemed normal enough wasn't paying close enough attention.
There is so much anonymous hate on the Internet that it has become uncomfortable to read nicknamed responses to articles and videos about puppy dogs and kitty-cats on up.
Internet rage makes road rage look like a tea party.
I wouldn't want a young son or daughter of mine reading some of the Internet reactions that accompany accounts of the daily news.
Anonymous Internet rage is diametric in nature to what you would expect from normal in-person behavior: Internet rage involves name-calling and wants somebody ridiculed, even harmed.
Masked hate is simply an attempt to bully.
Internet hate: Hating on the Internet can create a mob mentality.
Responses can build in intensity: Fire him. Fire her. Yeah, then get the tar and feathers.
Sometimes responders turn on each other during the course of hating somebody or something else.
It has yet to be determined what percentage of followers or responders, or hits on a story, are attributable to nuts or virtual deadbeats.
That people filled with anger or prejudice can be proudly counted as readers and viewers and potential customers says something about the inarticulate manner in which Internet responders are tallied and valued.
Have you ever wondered what happens when somebody in the public eye is the subject of some anonymous Internet anger?
Here's what happens.
Nobody is called into the office and told to apologize to the Wood Chipper right this minute.
The write way: Writers occupy a pretty humorous place in the public eye. The readers who dislike writers the most are not anonymous because they're out of it, but instead because they are oftentimes writers on a lesser scale themselves.
It is ironic that promising writers are among the most anonymous.
People enjoy gossiping. They like to know what other relatively normal people are thinking.
Good points can be made anonymously.
The best arguments by people using nicknames are made with humor.
Anything funny has to be read.
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