The Social Dynamic of The Internet

Im glad Penny Arcade presented the theory that anonymity and an audience cause some to be cruel

 
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Dialog:

  • Port:
    • I'm glad Penny Arcade presented the theory that anonymity and an audience cause some to be cruel.
    • It makes the insults seem less about me and more about the dynamic of the Internet.
  • Starboard:
    • I worry that it says something about humanity. Simply with an audience and anonymity so many are susceptible to becoming jerks.
  • Port:
    • Ah, man. Now even the theory is making me feel bad.
 

3 Comments:

  1. thad Says:

    Just in case you were wondering here is a link to Penny Arcade’s presentation of the theory.

  2. Adam_Y Says:

    Sad but true, people feel inclined to be jerks if you can’t see them.

    Then again, some people feel inclined to be jerks when you can see them.

    People are jerks.

  3. thad Says:

    Yeah, sometimes I wonder if the fact that some people are jerks to start with is somewhat overlooked on the internet. It seems that comment trolls and such are often blamed on the medium.

    At the same time it does seem reasonable to think that it would be easier to anonymously insult people you can’t see.

    I wonder if there are any experiments on this sort of thing.

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