A new species has risen from the shallows of the Internet: the angry commenter. Sure, there is a long tradition of inspired cranks and interested retirees who have always written letters to the editor, but something in the anonymity and speed and stamplessness of the Internet has unleashed a more powerful and uncontrolled vitriol. I am not here talking about the thoughtful, intelligent comments, which also abound, but rather the bile unloosed, flashes of fury and unexamined rage that pass as “comment.”
BREAKING: People are mean on the internet.
Seriously, people who write asinine, been-done-ten-years-ago pieces like this should not have jobs at major media outlets.
It is possible to write something new and interesting about internet comment dynamics, and online abuse. That does happen, with some regularity. But “OMG commenters can be so MEAN!” is not it. And considering her entire history and basically everything she has ever written, I am genuinely confused as to why Katie Roiphe maintains a job as a “writer.”