We've all heard stories of crimes or accidents where technology is unfairly blamed, simply for playing a part of the event. The latest is that the BBC is talking up the "first" web-rage attack in Britain. However, the details should make you wonder why the web is being blamed. It appears that two guys had a disagreement in a chat room, and one of them proceeded to drive 70 miles to the other's home to attack him. When you think of other types of "rage," such a road rage, it's usually very much about a spur of the moment thing, brought on by what happened immediately prior. Once some type of rage involves waiting for someone to travel 70 miles to attack you (and not having whatever anger wear off by that point), it would suggest that there's a bit more involved here than rage caused by the web. At the very least, you'd have to think that a lot more was involved than a simple online flamewar. So, it's hard to see how this can be attributed to the web in any way -- but I guess that doesn't make for as interesting a headline.
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