Ordinary World for 18 Oct 2018

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar fillyjonk says:

    TT2: Is it that the internet is so terrible, or that people on it are opting to behave in terrible ways? The internet’s a tool, kinda like a hammer – you can use it to build a house or bash someone over the head.

    If the internet went away 100% it would be hard for a lot of us weirdos out in the sticks who (a) don’t have a local “tribe” and (b) can’t get our esoteric hobby/food/book/whatever supplies easily otherwise. (Especially not since places like Sears seem to be dying off).

    Frankly, I think any large group of people is going to be terrible, doubly so if some of those people are working under the assumption they’re totally anonymous so they can “say” to someone crap they’d never in a million years say to that person’s face.

    I try to remember that I’m pseudonymous AT BEST online (heck, I have my personal e-mail up on my blog so if you know me in person and run across my blog, you totally know that’s me, doubly so if I’ve recently posted a webcam shot of me with whatever ridiculous stuffed toy I’ve recently obtained). Also I try to be civil.

    I do limit my circles though – I know people complain about not being able to retweet me some times but you know? Not having randos being able to tell me how I’m wrong about something that I actually know broadly and deeply (because they’re a rando and I’m a woman) is worth it. (Also not running the risk of a student finding me and following me, though I try not to complain too much – or too identifiably – about some of the odd things students do)

    It’s a genie that’s not going back in the bottle, I think, so maybe people need to step up and be more civil, decide not to feed the trolls, and be ruthless in blocking the jerks? I don’t know. I do know I’d be a lot more lonely without it.Report

  2. Avatar Chip Daniels says:

    Interesting article in the Weekly Standard:
    The Afghanistan War Is Over. We Lost.

    Maybe the most interesting thing about it is how little anyone seems to notice, or care.

    The author Thomas Joscelyn seems irritated that the President and Congress don’t seem to treat the war against the Taliban as a high priority, but doesn’t follow that question to its source of why the American people don’t seem to either.Report

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