The Internet Regression and the Obstacles of Online Scholarship

Clancy Ratliff's picture
Quite a long time ago, Norman Holland published The Internet Regression, an essay describing internet users' tendencies to exhibit extreme rudeness and/or kindness. One could argue that this phenomenon no longer exists; indeed, even Holland speculates that "the Internet regression is only temporary." However, Fark and YouTube users in 2007 would disagree, as in the following images and (NSFW) video:

I believe many scholars hear "online publishing" and think of those above representations. It may take a lot of counterexamples to dislodge those prejudices, especially since the behavior that prompts the prejudices still occurs all over the net every day.