Logging On

I downloaded this graphic a few years ago, and I thought I had shared it here – but a quick look at old posts didn’t turn it up. So today seemed like a good day.

In case you have forgotten what you learned in grade school, two words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings are called homonyms. Just one of the many delightful quirks of the English language.

In some jurisdictions, if you are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol the court can order a breathalyzer lock on your vehicle. You must blow into it, proving your sobriety, before you can drive.

The idea of some sort of intelligence test that must be passed before you could go online intrigues me. Some of the vitriol that sometimes shows up on social media makes you think many people really don’t belong on the internet.

Sadly though, I doubt there’s any foolproof test that would keep the idiots offline. Not to mention that there is something about being online that somehow causes many normally sane and intelligent people to say things they would ordinarily never do.

It would be nice if we all learned some civility – in all of our interactions, online and off. Do you think that is possible?


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