Mudcat Café message #441063 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33195   Message #441063
Posted By: Jeri
15-Apr-01 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: Non-music....Why,oh why, oh why?
Subject: RE: Non-music....Why,oh why, oh why?
JH, I agree with what you said, but also the same thing can happen regardless of whether it's a newcomer or a member who's been around for a while. They expect some sort of reaction or acknowledgement they don't get, and then attempt to get any sort of acknowledgment, even negative.

Kendall quoted "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing."

Well, except for terrorism, where the aim is to get the biggest reaction possible with the least amount of work. Or in other words, it's a way for a person or group with very little power to make a huge impact. With true terrorism, the victims aren't the true targets. What terrorists hope to accomplish is to disrupt the community - to make them afraid so they behave in ways they normally wouldn't. Authorities have to do something to keep victims from being hurt, but they also work very hard to keep the fear reaction and changes in behavior to a minimum.

Flames can be a sort of an attempt at mental terrorism...more like annoyance-ism. Take the physical danger out of the equation, and what do we have left? We have only the community disruption to worry (or not worry) about.

John P - I was there. There seems to be an overwhelming need to defend people, even when they'd like it if you wouldn't. It requires an act of self-control to not respond, which people in cyberspace are unwilling to understand or unable to accomplish. (Just ask me - I used to routinely shoot my mouth off in those newsgroups and I'm just getting to the point where I can walk away in Mudcat, or at least discuss and not react.)