OK I don’t often find points of connection with Billy Corgan, but this quote from a Business Week interview definitely struck a chord with me:
Up until MySpace, my interactions with the Internet were negative. The anonymity can bring out the negative in people who use message boards. People argue, and I’m not the kind of person who’s going to argue it out. But MySpace encourages a personal connection. It makes everyone kind of equal. I don’t have a message board on my own site anymore. I felt like I was creating a forum for people to be negative.
I dunno why people are jerks on messageboards, but they totally are. I don’t really miss our old one too much. Forums seem really 90’s now, anyway. Ha!