The ONE Central Neighborhood Forum in Burlington’s Old North End has been carrying on several in depth conversations lately. One focuses on neighborhood cats… trade-offs of indoor vs. outdoor cats and related issues. I’ve been impressed by how civil, constructive and caring the dozens of postings have been. A great use of Front Porch Forum.
An interesting contrast was offered today in one such post…
I have read quite a few posts on Craigslist’s Rants and Rave section about people in the old north end that have threatened and apparently followed through with killing or torturing some of the outdoor cats in our neighborhood. It just makes me sick to my stomach to think someone would do such a thing but I wouldn’t doubt it either.
I don’t intend to pick on Craigslist in particular, but this is just the kind of thing that seems common in anonymous unmoderated open online forums. Someone must have already coined a term for this phenomenon. These ground rules… unsupervised, unknown identity, anyone can participate… they seem to often lead toward this ugly side of human nature. Hardly seems the highest and best use for this amazing technology we have at our disposal.