It is a mistake to read too much into internet comments; then again, it is a mistake to read nothing into internet comments. They offer a view into the psyche of a large subset of the population—a view that cannot be found anywhere else outside of court records.
For the stereotypical American Internet Commenter, #content on the internet is less important for what it is than for its ability to serve as a canvas upon which to draw, in BRIGHT RED COLORS, a picture of said commenter’s view of the world. There are two primary rules for internet commenters:
- Anything can be linked back to your personal pet themes or grievances, no matter how absurd the connection might appear to be. And,
- Everything is evidence for your personal beliefs.
Here we have a Facebook video of an angry shirtless man running around downtown Denver, attacking various bystanders with a large stick. The…