Submitted by Anonymous in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Here’s Anonymous’ story:
“What is it about the internet that makes people such jerks?
I work for a tech company and spend most of my workdays strapped to the internet, so when I have downtime I like to check out my favorite blogs and read new posts on a couple forums I belong to. Some of the people who comment on these boards are friends of mine in real life and it is amazing how–safely cloaked by the impenetrable mask of the internet–they assume arrogant, belligerent personalities they would never adopt in reality.
It is all such a charade, one undoubtedly perpetuated by web surfers across the country, all of whom are donning thinly veiled disguises so they can beat up on each other without remorse.”