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After months of discussion and planning, Caldwell and myself, creators of the “So you found something cool on the Internet…” chart on giving credit where credit is due, are proud to present this followup, all about Internet arguments.
I think we’ve all seen it before, the argument online that gets out of hand. Our message is simple, the minute you engage you probably should have walked away. So don’t get angry, just chill the fuck out and eat a sandwich. I mean look at Professor Internet. He seems like a smart cat. Better listen to him.
UPDATE UPDATE: There has been some interesting (and some infuriating) discussion and comments generated by this comic both here on the site and in places it’s been posted, and there’s one point that I (Rosscott) wanted to touch on. I wrote most of this to respond to a well-reasoned comment by “Unimpressed” and wanted to post it here as well (I rewrote it slightly now that I’ve gotten some sleep):
There’s a distinct difference between a discussion and an argument. We’re focusing much more on the lighter side, clearly. There are people out there who have conflicting opinions and who can benefit from serious debate. By and large the people who engage in “discussion” (especially in many popular forums on the Internet) are really just interested in saying what they want, not listening what you have to say.
This chart is meant as humor and hyperbole. But notice, according to the chart, reading through the whole story and saying your piece is much “higher” on the list than being an insulting jerk who flies off the handle and doesn’t know what exactly they are talking about and what they are commenting on, so even within this chart we implore people to actually know what they are talking about before commenting.
People are allowed to agree or disagree, and discourse is how people form opinions and are introduced to new ideas. But there are times to discuss and times to argue, and those arguments are times where that energy is better spent eating a sandwich.
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