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“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour” February 28, 2012

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I saw the below end snippet of a headline article in News.com.au, which was about “the dark world of trolling” (obviously it must be a slow news day)

POWER OF THE WEAKLING

Psychologists have long attributed bad behaviour online to “deindividuation” – the feeling people get when they think they are anonymous.

“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour,” said researcher James Heathers, of the University of Sydney.

He said the quality of online conversations in general seemed to be worsening by the day, and had now turned into a competition to see who can yell “urrgggh lame” the loudest.

“There’s no turn-taking, or reacting like there is in face-to-face communication,” he said. “The conversational structure is completely broken and there’s no thoughtful consideration of issues.”

Source: News.com.au 28 February 2012

A very strongly worded piece from Dr Heathers, however, trolling actually happens on both sides of the climate change debate.

If social distance can cause a “55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behavior”, then I would like to know the following from Dr Heathers:

What would cause the behavior of a 55 year old climate scientist(Dr Peter Gleick), with a phd, who had a job with the American Geophysical Union Task Force on Scientific Ethics to use a false name, in order to obtain confidential documents from The Heartland Institute. There are also some serious allegations that he was also the one who forged some of the documents in order to try and discredit the institute for being sceptical on man-made climate change.

P.S. – Dr Heathers, how is that “global warming” working out for you in Sydney? I hear Sydney has had one of the coldest summers on record.

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1. Tony Fendt - February 28, 2012

“[ ... ] a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage [ ... ]” seems logical, only a 55-yo sceptic would have a job and a mortgage unlike a warmista that would be on a welfare hand out or in protected employment like Heathers.

What about a foaming 24 yo warmista zealot ?

Heathers, your description is none the less deeply offensive to myself and all other 55-year old persons with a job and a mortgage … and to think that my taxes paid for your ‘education’, you ungrateful sob. You’ll notice that I don’t hide behind an anonymous sig.

2. John Greenfraud - February 28, 2012

People with a job and mortgage generally don’t have time for climate change debate. That is, until the fraud threatens their bank accounts and personal freedom. Then they confront pseudo-science collectivist moochers in no uncertain terms. Skeptics are not going away and it’s going to get more intense while we rid ourselves of these two-bit con men.

3. tmitsss - February 28, 2012
4. karin1941 - February 28, 2012

Please, moderator – what does this story have to do with genuine a climate debate?

The title – “Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour” – is ludicrous! It is one small paragraph near the end of an otherwise, very interestin and important story about the misuse and and the potentially harmful results of Social Media.

The reference of the 55-year old climate skeptic could as easly been airmed at polical dissent!

I like and follow ‘An Honest Climate Debate’ – but this is is just plain misplaced – and disappointing!


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