It's such a lovely day outside. Don't you think it's time we went for an outing?
I had the feeling, when Gower was making it apparent that in his/her young world, "coding" equals "3l33t CSS skillz d00d," that I was dealing wtih a commenter somewhat lacking in maturity. Oh, Gower may be 60 for all I know, but mere years on earth do not an adult make, as I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone. Anyway, if I had any doubts about the maturity level I'm dealing with here, the comment above killed 'em, stone dead.
This has always been exactly how I feel about the new-fangled pasttime the kids are digging on these days, this "outing" craze--take it away, Gavin:
. . . these guys commonly seem to lack a sense of proportion in their bwa-ha-haa antics. They don’t (or can’t) see that calling someone a fucktard on the Internet is harmless, while meddling in someone’s real, non-Internet life is malignant and despicable. It makes you a bad person — whereas even the most stupid crap you say on the Internet can only make you a poster-of-stupid-crap-on-the-Internet.
It hasn't really come up here but since I've seen it elsewhere, I'll just say: Yes, I apply that to Althouse too. I've heard the argument that because she's a teacher, and because some of her students may be young women, that therefore . . . uh, the way she treated Jessica, you know, she could do that TO A STUDENT.
To which I say, she sure could, but you don't know that she's going to and what is this, Minority Report: Madison Edition? And also and especially and one more time, what Gavin said: Stupid crap on the internet. That's all it is, ultimately--just more stupid crap on the internet. I might get very exercised about it and you might, too, but the internet is where I think it should stay, personally. We already know it has a huge crap capacity; a little more won't hurt it none.
Well, let's hope the hypocrisy police don't cart me off. Stupid crap, all right.