Quote of the Day (and a link to an article definitely worth reading), June 16 2011 — “Tips for Not Appearing Crazy on the Internet”

‘The advent of the internet should be a Renaissance for crazy. Crazy people used to have to try to spread their views through poorly photocopied newsletters with weird font choices that no sane person would read. But on the internet, crazy people can put their opinions right next to those of sane people. If they can just use a little self-discipline to not immediately identify themselves as cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, they might actually get their ideas read.

Now, I’m not going to try to tell people how not to be crazy anymore. . . . I’m only going to tell you how to conceal your craziness. I’m going to teach you how to take your freak flag and fold it up and put it in your back pocket. If you’re successful, people are going to have to really read your points before understanding that you’re crazy. They might even miss your crazy entirely and really consider what you have to say . . . Doesn’t that sound great, you social outcasts and conspiracy nuts?

I see some crazed nodding. Let’s get started.’

Frank J. Fleming, “Tips for Not Appearing Crazy on the Internet”, PajamasMedia, article dated June 12 2011 (article accessed June 16 2011)

Funny reading! Link to entire article here. I really don’t want to say much more except read the article. He covers things like don’t use the caps lock; if you’re really so pressed for time you’re using “u” as shorthand for “you” then maybe you should wait until you have more time to make write your comments; and if you can’t make your comment shorter than 20 pages long then maybe you need to rethink what you’re trying to say.

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