If you want to post a comment to my blog, you’ll have to log in now. I was receiving several abusive comments from an anonymous user. Seriously, I am running this obscure little blog, getting 4 visitors per day, and one of them keeps posting garbage in the comments.
I think this is representative of a general lack of politeness and civility on the web. An ordinary person wouldn’t shout vitriolic insults to someone’s face, but when you give him a computer, an AOL account, and anonymity, suddenly he becomes an obnoxious jerk.