Perhaps I spend too much time on Yahoo! Answers. Confining myself to the Cars & Transportation and Computers & Internet categories was probably a good idea: the level of stupidity exhibited by some users is admittedly daunting, but it's limited in scope: for example, you know that roughly hslf the questions under C&T/Buying & Selling will be variations on "I owe $15000 on this car, can I trade for a new one?" No need to reinvent the wheel for each response when they're all basically the same.
But then there's Society & Culture, a world unto itself, a world about which you are constantly being tempted to ask the color of the sky. And the worst of S&C is the catchall: "Other — Society & Culture." Just a few recent items to warn you away:
"If a guy stares at boobs everyday, will he still find them sexual or no?"
And so on, and so on, and scooby-dooby-doo. What all those questions have in common, apart from appearing in Other — Society & Culture in the last week, seems to ne this: every last one of them can be answered "Don't be such an asshole." This is one of the things that perplexes me about the Internet: as its reach approaches 100 percent, you get to hear from a whole lot of people who, were they not able to hide behind an IP address, would be fuming in their basements, the way they did for centuries before.
Not that I'm so damnably wonderful or anything. But now and then, I do go to the effort of not being an asshole. Sometimes I even succeed.
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