agreed. crazy people on street corners with their fairly limited audience aside, 30 years ago you had to have something worth listening to to be heard by any significant number of people. you needed to be able to convince a publisher or an editor that people would actually pay to hear your thoughts on a subject. now any dickhead with a $50 secondhand iPad, free wifi and the minimal knowledge to log into facebook can inflict their thoughts on a disproportionate slice of the world. this is one of several reasons I'm increasingly very selective about the online fora I participate in. even the most select of communities need a mute button to deal with their resident community of clowns, which is why I haven't bothered with whirlpool for many years.