Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Parrot Up His Ass

Another look at the CSM type from JMS:


J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, who made a truly impressive (and successful) From August 8, 1996:
The good thing about the nets is that it's the great social equalizer.The bad thing about the nets is that it's the great social equalizer.Anyone with a modem has equal access, equal say. Which is terrific. Wecan be tall, short, fat, skinny, old, young...what matters is the qualityof the thoughts and the clarity of their expression.

The flip side of this...if someone came toward you with a bright orangefright wig, dead cats strapped to his chest and a live parrot up his ass,you'd have sufficient warning that this may be a Loony, and thus avoid theperson. On the nets, you don't get that kind of advance warning. Thereare some loonies here. They get the same access as everyone else, theycan get on because they bought a modem, but they live for the singularpurpose of making your life a living hell, because you have createdsomething, they have created nothing, and they can only live with thatcontradiction if they tear you down. Some of them are literallypsychologically disturbed, and potentially dangerous. And you won't haveany notion who they are until one day, after exchanging private or publicmail, the dog satellite goes by overhead and they turn on you viciously,start spreading rumors, attacking you in public...and you realize thatyep, this person has a parrot up his ass.

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