the thin line between a little laugh and thoughtless cruelty March 1, 2002 11:07 AM   Subscribe

The unintentional revelations in this thread have got me thinking. Like many other people, I've poked fun at "bizarre" sites. In fact several online venues exist expressly for this purpose.
When the sites are merely stupid or silly, I suppose joking is harmless enough. But rcade's research shows us that some "odd" sites can be related to circumstances like those in today's thread. I've enjoyed sites like the one's above and wouldn't want them muzzled; I suppose what I'm asking is where is the line between harmless mockery and thoughtless cruelty and how much discretion should we exercise before linking to sites like this one?
posted by jonmc to General Weblog-Related at 11:07 AM (4 comments total)

Since the link rcade provided is now broken, what was the revelation?
posted by mischief at 12:02 PM on March 1, 2002

Nevermind, it's working again.
posted by mischief at 12:15 PM on March 1, 2002

When you're trafficking in wacky links, there are a few times you really gotta be careful:

1) When you're cracking wise about a minor.

2) When you're cracking wise about someone who is already an open wound (all of the "look at my angel baby who died premature" web sites).

3) When you're cracking wise about the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
posted by rcade at 1:14 PM on March 1, 2002

rcade: Holy crap, thanks for that link! I have absolutely got to have a JPFO Bill of Rights Limited Edition Commemorative Pistol!

posted by bingo at 8:07 PM on March 1, 2002

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