Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Internet

Ha ha. Everyone hates you.
This again? You must be talking about my latest Guardian piece, on charitable giving. But they don't hate me.

You're kidding, right? They called you ham-handed, self-righteous, self-important, faux-outraged...
What you're talking about is called "the internet", as encapsulated in XKCD 386:

Are you posting this in lieu of writing a proper blog post?
I'm posting it to demonstrate that people get very heated about stuff online, in a way they perhaps wouldn't in real life. Because no one can see them and they're anonymous, they vent their spleens quite vociferously. I do it too. But I absolutely love writing for the Guardian - it's the best paper in the UK - and the comments are no different than on any other newspaper site.

So you're saying...
I'm saying that sometimes we all have to take a step back from the below-the-line section of comment pieces and say "this is just the internet, and this is what people do". Myself included. And I'll continue to engage in the debate below the line, whatever anyone says.