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I sometimes wonder what on earth makes normal people suddenly explode on the Internet (figuratively, of course) and start attacking other peoples. Maybe I just don't see it in "Real Life", but usually strangers do not get into name-calling, ALL CAPS  shouting arguments. They especially do not get into heated arguments about abstract ideas like patriotism.

Around The Maple Leaf Forever, a song (I think you can guess) about Canada, there appears to be a spat (for the lack of a better term) about how brave/patriotic/ [insert like synonyms here] [insert country of 19th century here]. They argue about the 1812 invasion into Canada, then the subsequent burning of the White House, all over the comments section. Occasionally someone inserts: "I love this song!" or something like that, and the conversation, undeterred, keeps going, with frequent breaks for jeering, name-calling, and variations of : "You're a slug under my foot and and idiot and I'm not gonna talk to you and..."

I read fanfiction, too, and a lot of authors writers introduce their stories with a "No flame plz!!". And while I kinda wonder why they'd post it if they think their work would be blasted by others (is it that bad?), you have to wonder how the Internet changes people. In our world, we have  a specific word, for heaven's sake, about lying to be polite--a white lie. People (not frequently, true, but do nevertheless) say thank you to complete strangers who open a door for them. It seems, then, that the Internet has a magical property--maybe it could be termed the "Courtesy Vaporizer". Something like that.

Maybe 'cuz on the Internet, you're anonymous. But careful--The baby Internet is growing up. Maybe sometime those mud-slinging people won't be quite as protected as they thought they'd be....

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