Tasted the whole worm - A question on Snacky's Law
Jan. 26th, 2007
08:58 pm - A question on Snacky's Law
Whenever two (or more) groups of people are arguing, anywhere on the web* (usenet, mailing lists, message boards, blogs, etc.), inevitably, someone on one side of the argument (regardless of age or gender) will compare the group on the other side to "those bitchy girls who made everyone's life hell in high school."
I've recently wondered why people would so often not only choose to be much more specific than just a general accusation of "you people are all a bunch of assholes/bitches/bastards/etc", but use the same specific comparison. Some ideas that have occurred to me:
- Rhetorical effect: the negative emotions associated with the memories of being bullied in high-school are powerful, and the accuser wants to associate those emotions with the accusee.
- For various reasons, arguments on the Internet can become a lot more vicious than the same arguments would be if done face-to-face, and people associated that sort of viciousness with the "mean girls" from high-school.
- The accuser doesn't perceive her opponents as just some random bitches who just happen to share the same oppinion, but as a cohesive group of bitches that perform their bitchery as a group, behavior they have only seen before amongst the mean girls from high-school.
- The accuser perceives her opponents as a group which considers itself to be superior to the accuser's group, and they behave bitchly toward the accuser's group to demonstrate their supperiority/dominance.
Is there anything that I'm missing? Any of my ideas that are totally of base?