While the internet offers many advantages, it has also many disadvantages. One of these is that it makes some people discard all forms of courtesy. You just have to go and look at one of the many political
weblog echo chambers to see all kinds of verbal abuse. But verbal abuse is not limited to politics. Occasionally, I get email from people who just can’t take the fact that I don’t like something that they do like. I’m always quite happy to have a discussion about photography - even though one needs to keep in mind that a lot of it revolves around personal tastes, which usually are different. Having said that, I can really do without emails where people tell me I’m an idiot or writing “bullshit” because I won’t agree with them on something. I guess I don’t have to explain why.