"The information superhighway has become the mean streets of cyburbia. It's just gotten steadily worse. If cocktail parties were like the Internet, half the people would come home every night dripping wet from glasses of Chardonnay tossed in their faces. There are two ways to get famous in cyberspace: Say something clever and memorable, or say something outrageous. And unfortunately, it's a lot easier to be outrageous than clever and memorable."
-- Futurist Paul Saffo on the decline of civil discourse online