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  • Exactly. Usually in RL arguments, people back off from me. But on the internet, it’s “BlahblahINTERNETLAWYERblahblahDEATHTHREATblah”. They just NEVER SHUT UP!

    August 28, 2004
  • I think people flame online for the same reasons that ordinarily nice people act like assholes behind the wheel: reacting to a thing (an email or a car) rather than to an actual human being, a certain level of anonymity, and a (sometimes seriously mistaken) feeling of invulnerability from consequences.

    The lack of any possible physical retribution applies in both places as well, for the most part. Although the chances of running into someone who’ll retaliate in unexpected and dangerous ways are much higher than most people believe as well.

    August 29, 2004
  • *laughing*

    Yeah, I bet they do back off, once they see you’re provoked.

    August 29, 2004
  • I don’t know: road rage doesn’t feel the same to me as keyboard rage. The former is much more immediate and visceral than the latter. Keyboard rage, for me, burns at a much cooler temperature, and seems much more intellectual, than what I feel when someone does something stoopid to me in traffic.

    August 29, 2004
  • Oh yes. I tend to just laugh it off, but once they do rile me up…

    The thing is, people online think that they are invunerable, and that no one knows who they are, and so they can’t touch them. Right up until the moment I crash their harddrive >:)

    August 29, 2004
  • A mistake they make only once, I’m guessing: That paperweight? Oh, it used to be my hard drive before I pissed off .

    August 29, 2004
  • It was melted! *smiles innocently*

    August 30, 2004
  • Hey, what happened to my original post?

    In any case, I think you’re right that the temperatures differ, but I think the mixture is the same.

    August 30, 2004
  • Hey, what happened to my original post?

    What do you mean?

    August 30, 2004
  • LJ must have burped or something. Your post was the only one on this thread a minute ago.

    August 30, 2004
  • Look, I know it’s important to you that your blues sound authentic, but this kind of thing will happen when you drink bourbon for breakfast. I have to say I’m not looking forward to bailing you out of jail, either.

    August 30, 2004
  • Bourbon? No, Irish whiskey is my poison. I’m writing (or trying to write) a song about whiskey and there’s a spot where a bourbon brand makes a perfect rhyme and I’m actually debating whether to use the line. (Most likely will, but it’s poetic license.)

    August 30, 2004
  • Well, I don’t think that’s such a big accommodation that it will undermine the authenticity of the song. It’s not like you’re squeezing Sterno through a handkerchief or anything.

    August 30, 2004
  • Well, technically speaking, bourbon is a type of whiskey.
    So it’s not so much a matter of poetic license.

    August 30, 2004
  • Oh, no question bourbon is a type of whiskey. The “poetic license” is in the fact that I don’t generally drink it.

    August 30, 2004
  • Well, no one needs to know that, do they?

    August 31, 2004
  • I’m sure that in time, the audience for my songs will not consist of 90% people who know me well enough to catch me out on things like this, but not yet!

    In any case, the line is in. It’s a nice internal rhyme too good to resist and nothing else fits.

    August 31, 2004
  • Makes perfect sense to me.

    I like writing poetry that could be put to music, but I have no musical talent at all, aside from being able to sing a bit, and I played the clarinet about 20 years ago.

    August 31, 2004

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