What is it about the internet that makes people lose perspective? I was browsing Rotten Tomatoes last night and came across a reference to Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange", a film I saw when I was far too young and found extremely disturbing. I decided to check out the RT reviews and was surprised to see that Roger Ebert wrote a negative review. Before reading Ebert's review, I looked at some of the reader comments on his review. Here's a sampling: "... this cake eating fat boy hates everything that is good" "One of Kubrick's best, so suck it Ebert you stupid fool" "just die for **** sakes you old ****. this movie is excellent you turdnugget." "...GO F*** YOURSELF ROGER!AND STOP COMPARING ALL THE MOVIES WITH CITIZEN KANE!STANLEY KUBRICK HAD IS OWN VISION!" "you suck Roger Ebert... you stupid piece of garbage." "we all know your just mad because you've never had sex with a woman that doesn't have down syndrome" "go ****ing die already" Now those are just a sampling, and it's not like I picked the worst 7 out of 2000. There were 64 comments altogether, and those 7 were made by seven different commenters. Keep in mind that this review was written in 1972 and the comments are being made 30 years later! What is going on here? Possibilities: Many people are generally nasty and horrible, but we don't get to see that until they are anonymous. Nasty people are more likely to comment on the internet. Nasty people are more likely to react strongly to a negative review of this particular film. As a forum administrator, some of the criticism I have received by PM/email has been shocking. I make a change to a forum that goes against the preference of some, and more than one member blogs or sends me a PM about how I am comparable to a murderer or some other great evil. Where is the sense of perspective? I had the same thought when reading some of the comments on LeBron James' highly publicized decision to sign on with the Heat. Now I can understand Cavs' fans being upset and perhaps some criticism is warranted for the way James handled the situation, but just about every article with a comment section open to the public is like a mass meeting of lunatics. Even the Cavs' owner, a businessman in good standing, lost his mind in a blog post. I don't know what it is that makes people act bad on the internet, but on the whole, our members have been wonderful at Mu-43.com. I hope we can build the same sort of vibe in this new forum, where members can expect others to be as nice on the web as we have come to expect from our friends in "real life".