I doubt if anyone will ever read this, but you (fictional people)
may still have some
questions about this whole "reboot" thing. In the past I have
deliberately kept the bulk of my personal interests off of the web.
Every time I was about to share, I thought of those numbskulls who would
surely use it as ammunition against me. You may think me paranoid, but
these people are obsessed. I have never understood why. If I had such
an intense disdain for someone, I would delete their bookmark and never
visit their site again. Out of site, out of mind... [I'm not an idiot,
that spelling was intentional.] These folks, however, continue to
antagonize and harrass with no signs of losing interest. If I cancel
their account, they weasel in under another guise and start the cycle
over again. They have twisted the net into their own personal outlet
for being a jackass.
I often wonder if they are like this in normalspace. With no
repercussions and complete anonymity they are free to pick, prod,
and poke with no fear. It's a bit like road rage. We don't really see
the people, but rather the faceless car and how it has "wronged" us.
We feel free to yell and gesture without any consequence (unless you
live in LA or Miami, then a gun might be waved or shot in your general
direction). Netrage, however, is far worse. The guy on the other end
actually hears you and can yell back. In my experience, most road rage
incidents could probably be resolved amicably if you could hear each other.
"Damn, you cut me off, you bastard!" "Oh, sorry, I was thinking about
my ex-girlfriend and wasn't paying attention" "No prob, yeah, women
will mess with your head." "Have a nice day!" No more rage. It's far
more egregious when there's no window
between you and the other guy, communication flows freely in both
directions, and he still insists on being an asshole. Another pro to road rage
is the virtual impossibility that you will ever see that maniac pumping
his fist in the air and cussing you out again. So you see, this site is
my effort to drive away from the maniac.