In what looks like a fatal outbreak of irony, Kevin Drum asks for civility from his commenters and a flame war breaks out.
FWIW- My comments rules are real simple- easy on the language and no racism or gay-bashing, but other than that, say what you want- it just reflects poorly on you when you turn into a bottom-dweller. I will, however, take anyone who tries to start “Democrats are Communists” and “Republicans are fascists” and the ensuing “Left wing dictators killed more people last century than right wing dictators did” debate and tie them to a stake, rub tuna on them, and let my cats have at them.
I just left my last comment there, right after yet another flame. I’ve got plenty of other things to do rather than watch someone display their manliness via internet comments section.
Methinks his (righteous) attempt may be too late, as the inmates are taking over the asylum.
Fasten your seat belts and put your tray tables in the full upright position, people, because by this time next year we’ll be wistfully looking back on this and thinking that the blogosphere was so Arcadian and civilized in 2003.
There is no reason to accept the downward spiral of civility. Comments *can* be moderated. If you have the tool and you don’t take the time to use it, some of the fault has to be laid with the blogger. Something to think about.
Wonder what’d happen if you shouted “movie” in a crowded firehouse?