I belong to a professional listserv that can be a bit nuts at times. There is a viciousness lying just beneath the surface of the group that crops up far more often than it should. There have been monster "discussions" over everything from slander to whether men should speak up or not. A whole day can be blown by one careless grammatical error as every freelancer with too much time on her hands feels the need to pile on with commentary.
At some point recently a member "had to share this horrible story" about a dog that was used in an "art" (yes, scare quotes from me, it won't happen again) exhibition in Spain. There was condemnation of the artist who plucked the starving dog from the streets and put it in a gallery. You can read about it here and here.
So naturally the listserv devolved into chaos. Of course everyone thought it was a horrible story - one poster pointed people to Snopes to read some clarity about the facts. The poster was attacked by the woman (it's a women's group in name, I'm not making a statement here) who had posted the original story. She took a huge leap in logic to assume that the Snopes poster was somehow endorsing the behavior that she found so repugnant. She then said there were obviously no Jews there because if there were even one they never would have allowed it to happen and then she said the Snopes poster should be sent to a concentration camp. Obviously, um, deranged thinking.
We have the cutest little family listserv. It sprung up almost a year ago and most of the conversation has been about family stories. We've been compiling the mini histories and piecing together parts of our family history not everyone knew. It's kind of cool. Many months ago part of the New York delegation said they assumed it'd be best to stay away from politics as a subject - really just as an aside, but it stuck and almost nothing has been said about the election or political matters.
That was, until this week. You're going to have to read the next post for that though.