A short course on surviving the web:

  1. Everything’s amplified. Except subtlety.
  2. Say things you believe are true.
  3. No one understands; no one cares.
  4. Never explain yourself.
  5. Apologize less; think more.
  6. Avatars aren’t people; people aren’t avatars; “friends” aren’t friends.
  7. Everyone thinks you’re talking to them. Seriously.
  8. Distinguish attacks against people from attacks against one person.
  9. Assume everyone is alone, drunk, and a little heavier than they’d like.
  10. Never argue in public. Fucking never.
  11. When in doubt, take it offline.
  12. Filter, filter.
  13. Embrace “hypocrisy.” It drives critics crazy.
  14. Remember who your (real) friends are.
  15. Remember who you are.
  16. Remember you can always stop. Anything. Any time.
  17. Never make lists of rules.

kung fu grippe : indefensible

7 Replies to “A short course on surviving the web:”

  1. A bit of significant semantics, based on what little I know of Merlin from his talks:

    Argue != debate

    Never explain yourself = never do that during an argument, to try to convince the other guy. In an argument, you can’t convince the other guy.

    offline = “to a private channel of communication”

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