Quotes: GIFT

"Taunt him with the license of ink."
Twelfth Night,' Act III, scene 2', by William Shakespeare, subjecting this to the Zeroth Law Of Trope Examples

"Yesterday in this space I used the word animosity in an instance when I actually meant anonymity. But then, since I was talking about the internet, it still came to the same thing really."
Paul Gadzikowski, Arthur, King of Time and Space

"Xbox Live is an online homophobia club for pre-teen Tourette’s sufferers."
Robert Brockway, Cracked.com

Put the right troll in the right message board or comment section and he can completely destroy any chance of discussion — he has effectively broken the system for no other reason than personal amusement. It's ego masturbation. It happened so much at Popular Science that they shut down their comment section. It was as if a thousand voices cried out the word "fag" and were suddenly silenced.

"In my time online I've been called 'fag' approximately 104,165 times. I keep an Excel spreadsheet. I've also been called 'asshole' and 'cockweasel' and 'fuckcamel' and 'cuntwaffle' and 'shitglutton' and 'porksword' and 'wangbasket' and 'shitwhistle' and 'thundercunt' and 'fartminge' and 'shitflannel' and 'knobgoblin' and 'boring.' And none of it mattered, because none of those people knew me well enough to really hit the target. I've been insulted lots, but I've been criticized very little. And don't ever confuse the two. An insult is just someone who hates you making a noise to indicate their hatred. A barking dog. Criticism is someone trying to help you, by telling you something about yourself that you were a little too comfortable not knowing."

"Can the internet make us better human beings? Judging from YouTube comments, no. And you're gay!"

"At the most extreme, anonymous ‘trolls’ bully, threaten and otherwise persecute their victims, spreading fear and despair. I’m sure such unpleasant people have always existed, but the internet has given them a voice and a sense of their own destructive power."

"...But on the Internet where you can remain anonymous, support for Kira is growing... Human beings are like that... Though this would probably never come up, suppose we discussed in class whether bad people deserve to die. 'It's just wrong to kill people,' that's what they're bound to say. Of course, that's the appropriate response to give, right? Human beings must always maintain appearances in public, that's just how we are. But this is how they really feel."
Light Yagami, Death Note

"I just wish people weren't such snobs. Just play what is fun to you. The Internet is an embarrassment to mankind most days.. But asking the Internet to grow up is like asking water to not be wet."
— A comment on the Destructoid preview of DotA 2

Dilbert: Tina, why did you call me a 'flaming #@%!!'?
Tina: I'm so sorry. That was my e-mail personality. My real-time personality is kind and gentle.

"The Internet sometimes facilitates dickishness; I don't know why that is, but it is."
Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games.

"Still, Jerk is very happy to participate in electronic forums because in cyberspace he is free to be himself...without the risk of getting a real-time punch in the mouth."
The Flame Warriors site

"Dude, people wouldn't say HALF the things they say to you on the internet to your face. Because if they say it to your face, they're within range of your fist, or your foot. Until you can find some way to slap a flamer across the face who could be in the middle of Thailand for all you know..."
An Anonymous user on FurAffinity on the GIFT.

"Technology has allowed us to be brutally cruel without suffering any consequences. In the past, if I wanted to tell someone they sucked, I'd have to say it to their face."
Jacob Ben Israel, Glee

Congratulations! You're on your way to becoming a destructive member of the YouTube community!

"The internet and the anonymity it grants has made harassment easier. According to several studies, Fisk said, the lack of social cues and perceived lack of consequences afforded online communication also changes the way people treat one another."
This article at Polygon

"The Internet is a wonderful place
The ability to retrieve information on any subject
Or communicate with anybody around the world
It's a significant step to world peace
And the evolution of the human race—
And then you got these assholes who gotta be like
"I'm gonna shit all over this precious gift to mankind!"
Oh, yeah, the answers are out there
But you're gonna have to dig through a colossal pile of shit to get at them!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!

"And now, Real Men of Genius (Real Men of Genius) Today we salute you Mr. Asshat Forum Troll. (Mr. Asshat Forum Troll!) You barge into any thread, spewing your brain diarrhea like it was relief water for Ethiopians. (Brain Diarrhea!) There aren't enough smilies available to illustrate everyone's disdain for you. Rolleyes, red mad face, puking green guy, and the finger dude just aren't enough. (Exclamation mark, eleventy one!) No one is LOLing when you enter the thread. You single-handedly lower the IQ of the Internet with every post you make. (STFU, r'tard!) It takes guts to do what you do, presenting your contrary opinion in the cold harsh light of incontrovertible facts. Here's to you Mr. Asshat Forum Troll. (Mr. Asshat Forum Troll!)"

Rule 71: The internet is SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS.

Matt Miller: Don't you get it? I'm God in here!
The Boss: That's just fine, 'cause in the real world, you're just a bitch with a keyboard.
Saints Row: The Third

The Boss: This is why my kids are never playing video games.
Saints Row: The Third

"People like you badmouth me on the Internet! But then they behave properly in person... so I can't get mad at them! You no longer get preferential treatment! I'M IN DESPAIR! THE INTERNET HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!"
Nozomu Itoshiki, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

"On internet messageboards, there is no subject so vile or indefensible that someone won't post positively/in defense of it."
Skarka's Law, RPG.net

"I get into the costume, and boom, I'm this snarky wise-guy. Anonymity's liberating. There should be rooms where people go to chat using fake identities. They'd spend hours just being jerks to each other."

"...I absolutely hate this idea of exploiting the Internet to express the shit side of yourself. It eats you up, on one hand, and it may be infectious and dangerous to those who are near, on the other. I'd rather be modestly boring, naively pompous, and politely narcissistic than a thrilling, exciting, over-the-top asshole with an exaggerated disrespect for anybody who does not want to conform to a set paradigm."

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

"Why is it all the MRAs and Feminists I know in meatspace are reasonable people, but the ones I meet through the internet are all psychopaths?"

"A CB Radio buff never uses his own name. Instead, he uses a made-up name, or "handle", which is supposed to describe him. But, since no one can see him, the "handle" he picks out usually describes him as he wishes others to see him"
MAD, A Mad Look At CB Radio