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28 March 2005 @ 11:57 am
My Capacity for Surprise  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

[ed. note: I just noticed that this was posted as a draft and never got out, it was originally "posted" 2/13]

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

  1. The gov'ment will continue to errode our rights and basic community standard of living (when they're not bulldozing the whole lot).
  2. People are turning away from the public discourse in droves.
  3. The Intarweb is a breeding ground for every quirk of the human experiment. But mostly, it's just porn (not that this should surprise anyone, see #1. The outlet has to come somewhere.)

It's that last one that I find myself thinking about right now. It's well-accepted that you can find any "perversion" you want if you look hard enough.

And yet, even taking that as obvious, I still find myself surprised that I have not lost my capacity for surprise when it comes to these matters.

This isn't one of those, "OMFG, look at the sick and twisted things people post on their websites." moments, it's more of a head-scratching, "WTF?" moment.

My first reaction was Stan Marsh's voice ringing in my ears: "DUDE! What the fuck is wrong with German people??"

[Note: Believe it or not, for all my ranting above, that link IS safe for work. So long as you don't venture too far. I think. YMMV.]

Current Mood: perplexed