To be or not to be? Why are (online) people such dicks?

That’s the question Shakespeare would have asked if he was around to witness the wonderful world of internet and forums.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite sure there is NO answer to my question; Why are (online) people such dicks? And to be more precise, why are (game)forums littered with verbally abusive / aggressive wannabee punks?

I’m afraid we don’t have to do much effort to get near something that could qualify as an answer.

  • It’s the world we live in these days.
  • TV is the devil
  • Computergames are the devil
  • MTV / TMF is the devil
  • The internet is for porn …

Yeah, I think I made a pretty decent list here.

Is TV the devil?

Not really, but I guess it does come close. TV really killed the radio star, and kinda lowered everyones moral boundries in the process. Do you watch a lot of TV these days? I don’t actually. To many freakin’ commercials for my taste.

Are computergames the devil?

Not really, but it’s easy to be fooled. I remember when I was a kid, and me and my brother would play the living shit out of our C64. We loved to play games like GI Joe and the like.

Our mother often said something like “So much violence in those games, what’s that all about”.
It’s a good thing we’re no longer kids and have to play in front of our mother, because the violence in games these days, phew … scary.

This is not a rant to ban violent games. Hell I played videogames all my life (and still do btw) and I turned out pretty much ok. But you cannot deny and you should not even try to, that the violence and realism in games these days is scary?

Why? Could it possibly be that this is affecting young kids / people to such an extend that it is killing their mind and nullifying their emotional behaviour to things?

Ah well, that’s a discussion for the doctors …

Are MTV / TMF (etc) the devil?

I was about to answer that question with a big fat YES.
But, in defence of the above, I have to say I don’t know. You see, when I was young, MTV was in its prime. MTV was hardcore. Lots of heavy metal and stuff, Beavis and Butthead were king.

If you would have asked any adult the above question while he/she was watching me (<– longhaired, black-clothed, busted armyboots wearing youngster), I'm sure the answer would be a big fat YES. So I guess I'm getting old. Oh crap, I'm getting old.

Is the internet for pron?

Yeah, I’m afraid that’s a nasty question. The internet brings out the best, and the worst in people. And like it or not, the internet is a good representation of the human race.

If for some reason the human race becomes extinct, and an alien civilization bumps into earth and they find the remnants of our society, pray to who or whatever you want for them to miss “the internet”.


Maybe all of the above makes “It’s the world we live in”.


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