Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening
technology

An article by David Pogue in Sunday's New York Times asked whether the new social nature of the web is making us, well, antisocial. As a Web 2.0 site or...

Allison Mooney
  • 5 january 2007


An article by David Pogue in Sunday’s New York Times asked whether the new social nature of the web is making us, well, antisocial.

As a Web 2.0 site or a blog becomes more popular, a growing percentage of its reader contributions devolve into vitriol, backstabbing and name-calling (not to mention Neanderthal spelling and grammar). Participants address each other as “idiot” and “moron” (and worse) the way correspondents of old might have used “sir” or “madam.”

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