Marginal Debates

More

People who look forward to, and eagerly engage in, the kind of food fight we had yesterday should expect a banning. It's very easy to know when you've pushed into too far. Can you not fit half a sentence onto a line? You've gone too far. Is a third of a 300-plus post thread dedicated to your war with someone whom you've never met? You've gone too far. Have you been reduced to name-calling and rudeness? You've gone too far.


When you're deploying your sarcasm to hurt people, you've gone too far. When you're just getting your rocks off, you've gone too far. When you are speaking to people over the internet in a manner which you would not speak to them face to face, you've gone too far.

It's easier than you think to walk away. It will bother you for about ten minutes. You'll have a beer, and all of it will fade away.

Let it go--before it let's you go.
Jump to comments

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

From This Author