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Re: [microsound]Sense of irony (does it exist on microsound?)

On Sep 16, 2005, at 5:15 PM, Arie van Schutterhoef wrote:

Recently I made a rather admittedly inproper comment on a person's
enthusiastic endorsement of a logig plug-in. The most striking result
of my ironically intended comment was, that people regarded it as being
a personal attack on the message's instigator. This was certainly not
the case, because I don't know the person, so every person attack placed, is
rather futile... But the most striking point is that people are not capable
of taking each message on its own merits, but rather like to fit it into
their own set of preconceptions.

While I don't know of this particular incident, that is generally the case.

You have two options:
1. Don't say anything that isn't helpful or a fact (or rather some opinion everyone in your group agrees on).
2. Accept the fact that some people will respond to trigger words and disregard context completely whenever possible, and even when not possible. A fair percentage of the population consists of humorless, witless fools.

I think the problem is basically, you wouldn't get on with most people you'd meet in real life. At least not instantly, and not when opening with that sort of comment. For some reason on the internet, you tend to assume everyone is nice and friendly and has a sense of humor. That just isn't how it works. Furthermore, where as in real life the offended person would likely not say anything and then eventually better understand the context of your comment as time went on, on the internet everyone feels the need to demonize each other. Especially you. What's your problem?

- John

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