The Internet is a democratizing force. Like, trash trolls and award-winning scientists and dumb people and brilliant authors can all have Twitter accounts. I don’t really know what that says about the state of our society, but this democratization of the Internet has certain specific effects. On the one hand, it’s really amazing. If you have a science question, you can easily find a scientist in that particular field and ask it.
On the other hand, though, if you want to be dumb enough to tell off someone who turns out to be an expert in their field, whether it’s science or politics or business or urban planning or whatever, you’re going to get owned, someone will screenshot it, and it will end up all over the place, like in this gallery, for example. So, don’t be like the people in this gallery. Do your homework before you look extremely silly in front of millions of people on the Internet.
The thing about the Internet is that experts on almost every subject lurk in the corners.
You can never be too sure who you’re talking to, so it’s best just to be ultra respectful and understanding about where people are coming from.
For example, if you work at a radio station and you don’t know who Annie Lennox is, maybe don’t email her.
She’s, um, a superstar, and this guy wants to “give her a chance.” This is insanity!
This is so cringeworthy! This person is basically like, “How could you, a woman, possibly be a professor with her own lab?” In 2018.