On the DH forum, a new poster named Tom Shelly said that hipsters are bad, but African-Americans are even worse. At first I thought this was another post from a hipser in disguise to show the connection between hating hipsters and hating anyone else, but then I went to his webpage. This guy is a certified rascist – 100% legit. Sad to see the connection really there – but not surprising.
Even the so-called “comical” hatred of the hipster still is a form of hatred – something to be taken seriously. It’s obviously okay to hate on a group of people – everyone should be able to do that. But nothing is innocent – everything moves towards something more serious. And Tom Shelly is a serious racist and a bad force in the anonymous internet world.
With anonymity there really should be some form of moderation. Without it, anger spirals more and more into the world. Someone gets mad on Diehipster, they stay mad for the day and they affect others. The bad spirits linger. That’s why so many other sites have features to minimize all this. Is that censorship? Freedom of Speech does not protect slander.