Discussion on the internet, reduced to formal qualities only.

Original post/comment/utterance:

Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Slightly ill-advised and inaccurate statement. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable thing. Reasonable conclusion.

Comments 1-900,000:

You idiot/asshole/liar! You said “slightly ill-advised and inaccurate statement.” That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life! I hope your puppy gets run over by a steamroller!

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6 Responses to “Discussion on the internet, reduced to formal qualities only.”

  1. Richard Says:

    Ha, you could do this for philosophy seminars too…

    Actually, if anything, blog threads would seem to have more formal diversity — at least if this collectively authored model is accurate.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    I was thinking about adding academic seminars in general. :-)

    And that link is glorious. Everyone should go see.

  3. Steve M. Says:

    I have a question about the tagging. Does “doom” here refer to the possibility that we will be destroyed by the internet? Or is it a general reference to prophecy?

  4. Paul Gowder Says:

    More like a general reference to the doomedness of the species, for which this behavior is evidence…

  5. Stuart Buck Says:

    What an idiot. That fourth “reasonable thing” wasn’t reasonable at all.

  6. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Reminds me of that hilarious article from the Onion about the formal properties of sports fandom.

    (I am a huge sports fan, BTW).

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