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16 August 2009 @ 09:30 pm
I should have known better  
I was told that an alert on TV said that BART and the union representing train operators and station agents had come to a tentative agreement and the impending strike had been averted. I went on SFGate to confirm it, and yes! Hooray! I won't have to swim across the bay to get to work tomorrow!

Then I made a big mistake.

I scrolled down to the comments.

I now want to kick everybody in the teeth.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - Spiraling Shape
Derakonderakon on August 17th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Er, context? What was so bad about the comments? Were they just typical Internet wankery? Bigots saying "how dare BART put my commute at risk" and so on?
gwalla: halloweengwalla on August 17th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Typical Internet wankery. Never ever read the comments to a story on a news site. Plus, a ton of union-bashing.
Auroraaurora77 on August 17th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ohgodyes. I rarely read comments on anything. Except on Slashdot, because that's where the real fun is.
Derakonderakon on August 17th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I view reading the comments on Slashdot as being an anthropology study. There's some fascinating little communities in there.
Tygerstormteller on August 18th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
There's some telling sociology to be gleaned from watching the interaction of internet chat groups. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell anything good.
Amelia: Beastlypadparadscha on August 18th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Although really, it pretty much boils down to the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.
Amelia: Hapadparadscha on August 18th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
[the Bishop] No! Don't read the comments![/the Bishop]

I periodically make that mistake, even though I should know better. Isn't that one definition of psychosis?
gwallagwalla on August 18th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I don't make it that often, since I usually get my news on dead trees, where the frothing rants of demented asshats are usually confined to the Letters To The Editor (and sometimes the Op/Ed page, when they run something by Pat Buchanan or syndicated from the Washington Post. I miss Molly Ivins).