The blogoshpere may be devoted to the life of the mind, but it is not a tranquil place. The friction of ideas and principles develops a life of its own, and we risk getting carried away. The outcome can be enormously wasteful, laced with a dose of the ridiculous.
It’s all like this classic scene from Love and Death . Sonia’s husband shoots himself preparing for a duel to defend her honor. She has, in fact, been sleeping around. Bloggers are kind of like all of them- at times the husband, at others Sonia, and at others her Turkish cavalry officer lover. Not to mention the bystanders, who are planning their next meal before the deceased’s body grows cold.
Caveat lector. Stay loose, stay sane! Communties exist to advance the commonweal. Not to make it miserable!