Thursday, November 24, 2005

Forums, blogs, etc...

"The internet has become a place where people with zero confidence and no spine can posture a bit by sticking their chest out and babbling like a gorilla."

Steve Pender

I know this subject is quite close to Tom's heart and we have all seen it.

Is it affecting the internet in a bad way or has it come to be an accepted thing? Why should the abuse and pure hate that is dished out on forums, blogs, etc. be accepted just because there is a semblance of anonymity? If, as an offender, you meet the person you dish the shit to on a forum in real life, would you stand by the statements you make?

Will slander and libel laws catch up with the internet? Or is the global aspect be too much for the law to handle?


Tom said...

Ah yes. Well that quote there really sums up how I feel about the internet right now.

It feels as if mindless people are filling the internet with rubbish.

At least, however, there is still good information to be had on the internet, but even such a noble cause as Wikipedia is beginning to be snowed under by the pathetics ramblings of sad individuals who have nothing better to do, save for publishing information which they think other people want to know, usually laced with opinion, fiction and insubstantiated claims, although presented as fact.

Kind of like an add for the latest "skin firming" cream from L'Oreal.

But I'm being too kind.

Don't get me started on Anonymous forums.

I fear it is too late for this noble Internet. From an educational tool to an infinite container of rubbish you have to sift through to find something useful.

Legal issues are beyond the scope of legal systems that can't even enforce a global copyright or global ban on punishments and practices that the majority of the human race consider abhorrent.

Stuart Anthony Fenech said...

I have been wondering about this a bit...

I would prefer that slander and libel was not too common on the Internet, because then it would probably be used by people with more economic resources to silence dissent. Normal people slandered on the Internet would not have the time and resources to take matters to the court anyway.

That given, I resent the spineless people who swipe me anonymously on my blog. I suspect some are being in politics waiting in line, too gutless to put their own thoughts in writing. Bah.

Anyway. I suspect that the best way to deal with the abuse and hate is to not respond. We should not have to put up with it in the first place, but I suspect this option is better than having a legal minefield.

Craig said...

Stuart, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of anonymous people swiping you is to force them to have a username, although it only takes a minute to create a bogus account, it will deter the majority of them.

But as I see it when you start bringing politics into the situation, people do get quite passionate about it and will take any swipe when they get the chance. Sorta like a hazard in the politicking business I guess.

Stuart Anthony Fenech said...

I thought about forcing people to have a username, but then figured that:
* This would lessen the number of my friends who post friendly (sometimes critical, sometimes not) posts; and
* Getting a username is very easy to do anyway.

So I run with the completely anonymous option. I have had practically no anonymous swipes in the last three months, which could mean anything. Probably that noone reads it *lol*.