Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A portrait of the human soul.

Anyone who has ever wondered at the stream of slurs that often appear in the comments sections of online newspapers, blogs, and politically-charged YouTube videos will find this article to be a thought-provoking read.

The power of the internet to rapidly disseminate ideas is what inspired thousands of people to set up blogs and fora and post their thoughts. Quicker and more satisfying than a letter-to-the-editor, this allows us to not only get our thoughts published, but to get a reaction. All human beings crave that - even the quietest of souls.

I have, it seems, joined this teeming mass of human intellect and idiocy.

We now have a record of all this - the good, bad, and ugly, and not just from devoted crackpots or influential editors, but from every Jane and Joe who checks the headlines during a coffee break.

It is, as the author says, a remarkable portrait of the human soul.

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