Friday, June 3, 2011

Sycophants and Cyber Bullies

I admit it, I'm hooked on discussion forums. Some have lots of information, some are friendly, some casual, but the most addictive internet forums are the long-standing ones where you can see people's personalities at play with - seemingly - none of the usual constraints of appropriate behavior that people exhibit when face to face.

There you find the cyber-bullies and their sycophants, the aggressively defensive, the terminally argumentative with poor impulse control, and, of course, the insecure who must, absolutely must, always have the last word.

Of course, there is also a smattering of normal, generally well adjusted folk; but the real joy of internet forums comes from watching the cyber-bully with an inferiority complex backed up by his/her sycophantic followers keep trying, and trying, and trying to have the last, very last, ultimately, the final, very final, last word. 

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