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  • David Cauchi,

    Ben,
    Whatever, man.

    This says it all.

    I'm not aiming this at anyone in particular (despite the implication in the quote), but there is a marked tendency on internet forums for entrenched positions, where people keep arguing their point beyond all reason. I reckon this tendency is built into the medium, due to its nature.

    I suspect a lot of people don't actually read and consider what others have to say (no matter what they may think), but merely scan other comments solely for something to seize on for their response (which tends to be immediate). Things like 'Godwin's law' only exacerbate this, I reckon ('well, I haven't mentioned the nazis so I'm okay').

    There's also an unpleasant tendency towards self-congratulation. I'm sure people genuinely believe they're kind, sensible, helpful, moderate, whatever, but it's not up to you to say.

    Of course, I'm guilty of all of the above as much as the next person. That Delphic injunction is hard, man, hard.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm not aiming this at anyone in particular

    Then don't quote me out of context and attempt to draw entirely unconnected conclusions from it, thanks.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • David Cauchi,

    Well, I'm sorry if I missed the subtle detail and context by selectively quoting the entirety of your three word comment in the same thread it was made. I didn't realise making a general observation on a public discussion was verboten, thanks.

    And the implication I was referring to didn't involve you at all, but I can see how you'd take it that way. That's another thing with the internet. Interpretations that seem perfectly clear to one person appear quite different to other people. It's the same with lots of things, but perhaps more pronounced on the internet.

    Seriously though, I did realise I was getting into dangerous territory, but thought it was worth mentioning as something to consider.

    It's possible to be a little too precious.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm guilty of all of the above as much as the next person.

    The next person being me. Er, sorry 'bout that, David.
    Groan.
    [Reminds self again to read more closely].

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

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