Never Read the Comments

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Back in 1990, the largest ever theft of private property occurred at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. Thieves took 13 pieces of art valued at around $500 million dollars. Since then, the FBI has been tracking the theft without resolution. In 2013, they publicly claimed to know the identity of the thieves, and now in 2014 they stated that they have confirmed sightings of the missing artwork.

I generally follow the advice in the title, even going so far as to use shutup.css, a tool for hiding comments. In this case, however, I was pointed to a forehead-slapping gem:

A Manet. Good Lord we are descending into uncivilized chaos. The painting is a Monet, created by the French Impressionist Oscar-Claude Monet. Who writes/edits this stuff - sixth graders?
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The follow-up from “hooplalia” really nails it. The best thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice, but the worst thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice. Unfortunately, too many people think having a voice means you should constantly be using it. No place makes this more clear than your average comments section.

Perhaps we could return to a previous proposal:

So, what do we think about requiring a license to use the Internet?


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