...especially on the internet. I just recently got into a scrap with somebody on ebay, all because I questioned him when he wouldn't allow me to come pick up the item - he lives less than 3 miles from me. I said that was a little odd, but I agreed. He then went on to call me presumptuous, self-absorbed, and left negative feedback on my ebay profile that was more than a bit malicious. Anger rising! (I only left him neutral feedback, by the way. I'm not stooping to name calling.) This has led me to think about the whole culture of the internet, and how it affecting our society at large. The internet is a great tool, and has connected us to more people than ever before, and yet in "real life" people are feeling more and more isolated. Misunderstanding and misinformation is rampant. People are able to say what they want, insult who they want, and say things they would never say to your face, all hiding behind a wall of annonyminity (is that spelled right?). Perhaps the internet is allowing people to act how they truly are, or is it more like a Lord of the Flies thing - with no supervision, people just go nuts. I'm beginning to think that this newly evolving internet culture is becoming a detriment to society in some ways. I think people are starting to forget how to talk to each other. Maybe I'm being pessimistic, or maybe I'm still just mad about this ebay thing. Kind of ironic that I'm ranting about this on a public forum, come to think of it. Anyway, I'm curious as to what others think about this. Comments?