Monday, January 19, 2009

The sludge of the intertubes

Saw some clips of the United flight landing in the Hudson on YouTube, and this is the top comment at the time I viewed them:

Wow you're a dumb ass. You sound like you're 10 and you make yourself look like a retard. I'm glad the people on the plane is okay. Even the baby on board survived. The pilot needs a metal.

Now, I didn't bother reading what this guy/girl is replying to, but this sort of idiocy is remarkably common in the comments section of pretty much every website. Who are these people? These people have drivers licences and vote. Scary. Of course, in real life, it is sometimes difficult to readily distinguish a crazy person from simply looking at them. But on the internet, grammar and spelling are allies in such endeavors.