RE: Mike Hunter
What happened to that stupid - - - -?
I apologize for Mr. Helgason's words , Mike.
The wonderful revolution that is the internet has given the ignorant,
the bigoted, and the powerless a voice today which they never would
have had yesterday. Everything published today is subject to the
comments of others being appended to the original text. Ideally,
this would bring clarification, expansion, discussion and dissent from
thinking readers. Unfortunately it has also brought out hordes of
creatures who have nothing to contribute, but who delight in the
opportunity to call others offensive names.
I have seen this happen in other newsgroups. The bellowing name-
callers take over the newsgroup to hurl epithets at each other and at
sincere posters until the disgusted professionals leave. All that is left
are the name-callers and the helpless newbies seeking advice.
There is no quick cure for this conduct. It certainly downgrades the
idea of intelligent discourse. I note that every word a person writes
in today's internet is captured forever, waiting to be cited at the most
costly time. However, the kind of people who communicate with such
foul epithets are generally people who are judgment-proof, so it is
unlikely that Karma will ever overtake people like Mr. Helgason.
Again, I apologize.