Dear David Cramer: You’re not the internet

Yesterday, David Cramer and a bunch of other people, who may go on to teach their children how to end civilization, decided to be an ass for no particular reason other than… well, it’s what all the cool kids do. Also, if you’re not needlessly rude about other people’s work you’re not a programmer… or a man, apparently.

Because grep and sed fit into every concievable situation. Situations inconcievable by David, don't exist.

Because grep and sed fit into every concievable situation. Situations inconcievable by David, don’t exist.

Mind you, these folks had no idea what that particular bit of code was for, where it was being used, how it was being used and any of the other million reasons why it exists. Granted, considering the medium of Twitter, it’s hard to be detailed on exactly why or what’s wrong with the said bit of code, but it would have been nice if he and the others bothered at the time.

Now this wouldn’t be so bad except the others, which IMO went quite a bit far and were in fact worse, have already apologized. Quite the opposite in fact, David became the Internet.

I'm not an ass. I am the Internet!

I’m not an ass. I am the Internet!

I’m sure she’s not mad people disagree with her. If David had read her post, he would have known this. This is about how you say it, not what you say.

Freedom of speech, David — I’m sure you’re thinking of right now — is not freedom from consequence of that speech. I.E. You can be an ass all you want and say things (short of unprotected speech) all day and night, however that means everyone else gets to call you an ass for being one.

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6 thoughts on “Dear David Cramer: You’re not the internet

  1. Freedom of speech, David — I’m sure you’re thinking of right now — is not freedom from consequence of that speech. I.E. You can be an ass all you want and say things (short of unprotected speech) all day and night, however that means everyone else gets to call you an ass for being one.

    I love this. Love love love it. It’s the part of freedom of speech that everyone conveniently forgets: “freedom” does not mean “freedom from consequences.” Quite the opposite, in fact.

    • I think, secretly, the people hide behind this know that it’s not what Freedom of Speech is, but they’re being purposely stupid as a convenient way to avoid criticism. Doesn’t work of course.

    • A bunch of people talking about you doesn’t turn you into that bunch of people :/

      Cramer’s no more the internet than a celebrity would be, if they’re made fun of for being a jackass in public. It’s the commentary of the masses that is the internet, not the subject of the commentary.

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