I picked up my dog-eared copy of Charlie Brooker’s “Dawn Of The Dumb” (a collection of some of his articles for The Guardian) this evening, opened it at random, and lo and behold, I ended up on p.164 and started reading this article. I was struck by just how relevant it is to my previous blog post so thought it worth posting. In the book it’s titled “The Great Online Dick Fight” but online it has the rather more prosaic title of “Supposing…There’s Only One Thing Worth Debating Online“.
The paragraphs below, in particular, resonate with me with a high quality factor. (Practically a Dirac-delta-like resonance)…
“There’s no point debating anything online. You might as well hurl shoes in the air to knock clouds from the sky. The internet’s perfect for all manner of things, but productive discussion ain’t one of them. It provides scant room for debate and infinite opportunities for fruitless point-scoring: the heady combination of perceived anonymity, gestated responses, random heckling and a notional “live audience” quickly conspire to create a “perfect storm” of perpetual bickering.
Stumble in, take umbrage with someone, trade a few blows, and within about two or three exchanges, the subject itself goes out the window. Suddenly you’re simply arguing about arguing. Eventually, one side gets bored, comes to its senses, or dies, and the row fizzles out: just another needless belch in the swirling online guffstorm.”
Read the rest here.