For those of us who learned to love the web best as a hostile, predatory, somewhat haunted place, this kindness is startling—but not as startling as it might once have been. These days, life online has become friendly, well mannered, oversweet. Everyone is on his or her very best behavior—and if they’re not, they tend to be quickly iced out of the conversation. The sweet camaraderie that flourished during Sandy isn’t just for terror and crisis anymore; it has become the way the Internet lives now.
Meredith Bryan observes in the NYO today that—hello!—niceness is back! On the internet, and in New York in general…
Once, the internet media was famous for being a mean, cynical place. Particularly the portion of the internet media you are now visiting. But things evolve. The ubiquity of Facebook and Tumblr and their currency of “friends,” along with the overall maturing of the online world, has made everyone a bit gun shy. One PR lady tells the NYO: ”That very cynical voice worked really well from 2003 to 2006.” But “really negative people, they don’t have a lot of friends.”
-Hamilton Nolan in Gawker, 2010