internet culture in general right now seems to have a disappointing sort of "edgy" quality to it where people needlessly treat each other people with a sort of cynical masochism for teh lulz. people are all trying to be so clever and funny, but so many people don't really understand context, comedy, and how to treat other people, so it all comes out in a unnecessarily snarky and mean way. some people are genuinely smart and funny on this board, but they're the exception rather than the norm. mostly, it seems that everybody wants to be some sort of jaded cynic, but that's such an annoying and negative archetype to play into.
i do think things are slowly moving the other direction across the internet in general, but if people started treating other posters on this board as actual real people, i think a lot of the stupid middle school behavior would disappear, and everybody would benefit. but that's just me..