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On the nature of online commenters

Excellent little paragraph on the vitriol, anger and name-calling from Iain Robertson, commenting on this column, by Jacques Rousseau.

It’s to do with the signal to noise ratio. The Internet provides an opportunity for more signal, but an increase in signal will necessarily bring more noise with it. The usual “rush to the keyboard” immediacy before thinking things through certainly generates more noise.

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