The Art of Trashing the Classics

From the Freako­nom­ics blog:

We’ve writ­ten before about the occa­sion­al hyper-crit­i­cal com­ments on cer­tain blogs, but such com­ments are like valen­tines com­pared to what some cus­tomers heap upon The Rolling Stones, The God­fa­therThe Diary of Anne Frank, and oth­er stan­dards. The Cynical‑C blog lists the most caus­tic of these every day.

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  • Evan Plaice says:

    Recent­ly I read an arti­cle that was attempt­ing to address the online phe­nom­e­non where, giv­en an anony­mous iden­ti­ty and a lack of account­abil­i­ty, peo­ple say and do the worst things to one anoth­er.

    I took the arti­cle as a chal­lenge, and decid­ed to review some of my own online inter­ac­tions with oth­ers. Long sto­ry short, I was­n’t hap­py with what I saw. Even though my views prob­a­bly could have been con­sid­ered by most to be far above aver­age on the scale of inter­net decen­cy (and mag­ni­tudes above the aver­age YouTube com­ment), that’s not say­ing much…

    I learned that, if I use my real iden­ti­ty, I put a lot more thought and care into the things I say to oth­ers because there is a chance I might be held respon­si­ble, or they might want to con­tact me with a response.

    The point I’m try­ing to make is, the inter­net is dom­i­nat­ed by trolls. As long as the inter­net is dom­i­nat­ed by sys­tems where every­body’s iden­ti­ty is kept anony­mous, peo­ple will con­tin­ue to push their neg­a­tive cyn­i­cism because that is the gen­er­al cul­ture of inter­net com­ment­ing.

    Don’t take it per­son­al. The fact that you’ve attract­ed a gen­er­al audi­ence that isn’t dom­i­nat­ed by trolls is about the best you can ask for.

    Check out this site. You might get a kick out of it like I did.

  • Ira says:

    It’s so sad that peo­ple who blame the respec­tive authors of their blindness/lack of originality/stupidity/what not, don’t real­ize that clas­sics are proven with time. If some­thing is real­ly so bad, it does­n’t usu­al­ly get pub­lic­i­ty.
    And I also found that most of the faults peo­ple blame on the authors are often found in them­selves. That is, the log in the eye…

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