Illustration from Poetry Comics by Dave Morice.
The Amalgamated Brotherhood of Dudebros, LULZers and Y U Mad Trolls has discovered a new civil right--the right to do whatever you want on the Internet with no real-world consequences until and unless it is proved illegal. Check out this opinion piece comparing a guy who posts upskirt photos on the Web to era-defining poet Allen Ginsberg:
I guess I missed the part where he included photos of dead children (without permission) in each copy.
By the way, dude, you know people who hated "Howl" had the right to snub Allen Ginsberg at parties, accuse him of destroying America, and not publish him in their poetry journals, right? I may disagree with their opinion, but they had the right to air it. What they didn't have was the right to arrest Ginsberg or keep other people from reading him.
Pretty much everyone agrees that things that are unethical but not illegal deserve social disapproval. Unless you think that actions like boycotting companies that supported SOPA is a violation of free speech somehow. I guess these dudes and their bros have the God-given right to "blow off steam" or "have fun" in really, really icky ways without it affecting their meat-space lives in any way whatsoever, unlike the rest of us.
Here's the orginal Violentacrez outing story, you can read the comments if you think I'm exaggerating.