The Problem With Having A Serious Discussion on the Internet

And this is TL;DR in action, sort of, and it’s also why humanity is funny. Perhaps this is why ‘discussion’ on the internet can turn into 20,000 comment-long threads full of misunderstanding, nitpicking, semantic call-outs, and accusations of not being intellectual enough. Because no one actually knows what they’re talking about, so in essence, everyone’s posturing (which is one of the most satisfying things to accuse someone of)!

It should be mentioned (and I’m glad I took the time to read to read this far…) that the Ars Technica team – the clever folks behind this little experiment – put the “banana” line in there only after the original post was posted, which means that “the first few dozen commenters wouldn’t have seen it,” according to Dr Jay, the Ars Tech Science Editor. Still – I have to admit this is a pretty satisfying thing to see, being a blogger and all… TC mark

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    *banana*

    • azi

      banana

      • 8e89

        banna slsyzutz

  • http://twitter.com/simbelsim simbel

    tl;dr

  • http://twitter.com/lukebourassa Luke Bourassa

    Aside from not reading the entirety of most internet posts, I think many don't proof-read their own comments to ensure they don't contain weird digressions or logical fallacies.

    • Alex Keen

      I think many wouldn't recognise logical fallacies or weird digressions if they did bother. If only a course in basic rhetoric was mandatory before being allowed to post comments…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

    Maybe if you made it bigger someone would have seen it.

  • LDN

    if you say 'bananas' enough times it becomes hilarious.

    • http://fithrinatasha.blogspot.com/ Merissa K

      if you say anything enough times it becomes hilarious.

  • jmbg

    a synonym for 'insane' is 'bananas'

  • Waicool

    cool story bro, tell it again

  • star colonel kotaire

    Ars is what 4chan aspires to be. best website ever.

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