posters answer without reading to the end of the thread to find out that their point
has already been made. This is especially a problem with the widespread use of
Second, it's easy to lose perspective on the Net. The embedded sorting of the Net
into topics is an efficient way to sort computerized discussions. But a consequence
of that structure is that people tend to focus only on topics that interest them, and
because those topics fill their computer screens they tend to imagine that those
topics are the most important ones, not only on the Net, but possibly in the world.
This kind of intensity is vital in some professions (including writing, researching,
and programming, some of the earliest classes of Net user). But it leads to skewed
fantasies in which people whose interests are different from yours cease to exist or
may be discounted: out of sight, out of mind. Any group that thinks it runs
cyberspace must remember that the real in-group with the real power are the
bastard operators from hell (BOFHs). And they don't let any of us read their newsgroups.
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