She writes: ” What is it about the online space that brings out not only the best,
but the absolute worst in people? Where are all these people in real
life? Do they just never leave their holes, I mean homes? Or are they
people I run into all the time — at work, on the subway, at a bar
downtown or at Starbucks?
The first thought that comes to mind whenever I run into ugliness like this is the New Yorker cartoon: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
The comfortable anonymity offered by the Web allows people, in this
case men, to say whatever it is they actually think deep down. And
their feelings are incontrovertibly sexist. These are the same people
we all run into in real life. But in the offline world, like the Ku
Klux Klan when their masks are put away, it’s hard to tell who’s who.
Men offline would never dare claim ownership to the ludicrous
statements they so freely spout on the Web.”
There’s more, all well worth a read, and with a level of compassion I relate to–after all, these dickheads are spoiling it for the good guys, the ones we work with, love with, are friends with–or are these those guys in a different mode?
Hope not. Think not. But jeeze, are these men the people who elected Bush twice–or a different set of fools?