While it’s true that the internet allows for a great deal of sharing of information and that it has made it easier to communicate with people all over the world, in many ways the people we communicate with don’t really become human beings.
A couple of weeks ago, a little buzz ran through the internet when it was announced that the famous Russian spammer Vardan Kushnir had been found murdered in his Moscow apartment. It was initially believed that the murder was in retaliation to the millions of spam emails he sent out each day, but the latest news has it that he was murdered by robbers.
Even though the murder was not in retaliation for all the spamming, that’s how it was interpreted for a few days, and most papers in Russia were actually saying Kushnir got what he deserved. My initial reaction too was to cheer, and I hadn’t heard of Kushnir before his murder. I was thinking about an annoying spammer who had, for me and for countless others, failed to become a human being.
I was about to stop and devote a few minutes to thinking of Kushnir as a human being, but then I thought of a couple of usenet scumbag trolls I wouldn’t mind meeting the same end. I won’t mention any names, but I’m tempted to post some addresses and telephone numbers.
I started imagining other possible headlines:
USENET TOP-POSTER DRAWN AND QUARTERED
ANGRY YOUNG MAN CHOKES ON SOCK PUPPET
MAN DISRESPECTS “X-NO-ARCHIVE” REQUEST, FOUND STRANGLED IN APARTMENT