[pct-l] trolls and flames: nothing new under the sun

Carl & Judy Rush elisenme2 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 6 01:06:42 CST 2006


   You are absolutely right. I for one will follow your advice in the

On 12/6/06, David Hough on pct-l <pcnst2001 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> As it used to say in news.announce.newusers:
> Wallace Sayre said,
> "Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter
> form of politics, because the stakes are so low."
> He didn't know Usenet: welcome to the next level.
> [USENET could be thought of as a predecessor to yahoo
> groups.]
> But back to pct-l:
> What can one do about mailing list postings one
> doesn't like?    ONE CAN IGNORE THEM.
> Most of the folks whose opinions one would
> really care about don't keep track
> of whether one publicly responds to everything one
> doesn't like.
> Or one could send PRIVATE email to the sender.
> Or one could realize that it's built into the genes
> of the medium somehow, as has been amply demonstrated
> over the years:
> http://gocamino.oakapple.net/deterioration.txt
> http://www.angelfire.com/space/usenet/
> http://gocamino.oakapple.net/humor.txt
> Maybe by the time one has reread all these,
> the urge to respond will have subsided.
> OR one could take a hike and run off the negative
> energy that way.
> One almost longs for the days when it was all about
> illegal
> immigrants bearing guns and riding bears and stealing
> dog owners off the PCT.     Or something like that.
> It hardly matters does it?   As the URL's above
> suggest, the form of the emotional
> interaction is about the
> same independent of the nominal subject matter of the
> discussion group.     And almost nobody wants to
> read it.
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