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Why Stereotypes May Be Helpful to Online Culture

Malcolm Collins | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Malcolm Collins

It is likely that Internet-user stereotypes emerged as a defense mechanism. If someone disagrees with an individual's opinion online, it is much easier to dismiss this person by tying his or her identity to the "neckbeard" straw man, utilizing a personal attack as an easy out.