I mentioned in my last post about seeing some oddball links to this blog. I reported them to WordPress support and it hopefully did the trick, I haven’t seen any more of them.
Which made me think about just what a spastic collaboration our electronic media is. Hijacked sites, spambots, and angry commenters. It makes you wonder what things would have been like for the creative endeavors of the past, if we showed as little respect then as we do now.
It would have probably stopped Michelangelo in his tracks about halfway thru the Sistine Chapel. He’d have had an angry crowd beneath him as he worked every day yelling obscenities at his work, and at night they’d probably tried to spray-paint his work over, if they could penetrate the firewall (locked chapel).
I shudder to think what they would have said about Whistler’s Mother.
Luckily, those artists only had to deal with the local contingent of angry people, and being face to face, there weren’t the anonymous angry outbursts.
As time goes on, I think Internet civility has improved, as anybody who remembers the Usenet forum days might agree. Or maybe there is so much other stuff to be angry about people are just wearing out.
Or maybe right now there’s the next round of link spam being written by some 13-year-old Romanian hacker.
It sometimes does make one long for the days of pen and paper.