jack t ripper wrote:
It was on the Matrix general forum that I first encountered rabid, irrational anti-Americanism from presumably well-educated western Europeans. I never really looked at on-line forums before that.
I made one very mild defense of US policy and was attacked like an alleged quran-burner at Friday prayers. I never knew people were so fucking nuts. Now I know better.
While it was a bit before my time, I'm told the same sort of response came up after 9/11.
I didn't join Matrix forums until July 2002 so I missed out on the post 9/11 responses.
It certainly did.
I occasionally frequented a few gaming forums back then. Since around late 2000 iirc.
The Anti-American, Anti-Capitalist, and, in some places of the 'net, generally Anti-Western bullshit got pretty thick.
I recall seeing a few Europeans claiming that America had been asking for it, and that it "serves them right". Literally saw that phrase posted more than once.
I also recall seeing a few Americans getting banned from some forums for calling those assholes out. I remember it happening at least once on the old Paradox forums in '01 because the anti-american shit poster was Swedish, or something, and got away with all his name calling whilst the American guy got banned for returning fire. It was obvious that, in some forums, the moderators were sympathetic to such assholery.
There were only a small percentage of those hostile types, but they turned their bullshit up to eleven. And some of the other more passive ones were trying to nod their heads in agreement with them while trying not to look too much like the assholes they were backing.
Yes, I still remember the angry disgust I had for some of those comments attempting to justify Al Qaeda just to help reinforce those dickholes' personal jealousy & resentment of Americans. Was probably something they were taught during their early lifetime, too.