today, after visiting a courtney forum that i am an occasional reader of i found myself writing a huge ranty post about it and how much it winds me up. on re-reading i pulled it from the main page but you can read it here if you want. the reason i pushed it off the main page is that i realised, on reflection, that whilst i stand by my comments in that post i could in fact level much of it at most forums i have joined. one of the things that has surprised me about the ‘blogosphere’ is how courteous it is in general and having spent a lot of time in the past in the playground-like atmosphere of forums and message boards it was a very pleasant discovery.
they are such squabbleboxes and seem to bring out the worst in human nature. there are, of course a few worthy and notable exceptions but in general it is a painful experience. and it’s irrispective of the subject. brett anderson: smart man, nice site, stupid fucking forum. just full of people trying to out-fan, out-bitch and generally out-freak each other.
it’s a shame because i want to take part. really, i do. i keep joining them, posting, getting tense and angry, shouting at the screen and then never going back until six months later when i’ve forgotten all about it. and it’s just the same again.
gah. i like it around these parts much more.