Post by Mark Jackson Post by Brian W Lawrence Post by email@example.com
1st Place convincingly: Emerson Fittipaldi (early days)
2nd Place: Fabrizio Barbazza a.k.a. Cave Man
Beautiful Aren't They?
Is this a record for a response to an old post?
If so there's plenty of room for improvement - the split of
rec.autos.sport that created rasf1 was in August 1994.
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Subject: Re: Content of News Group. Ideas.
Date: 6 Sep 1994 22:37:32 GMT
Post by Brian W Lawrence Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot of the bandwidth in this group is taken up by people who just
seem to spout on about this and that and seem to have no knowledge
about that they speak.
This is the very definition of The Internet UseNet groups isn't it?
No it doesn't have to be. Why are your standards so low?
I agree with the original statement. I've been subscribing to r.a.s for 5
years and was not in favor of the split. I also believe that since the
split, the quality of F1 discussion has plummeted drastically. I don't
know why this happened. I only know that it has.
Absolutely correct. And it has happened because many of us old-time
hard core folks, the folks who actually (gasp!) *participate* in
motorsport now and again, have gotten completely disgusted and have
walked away. I used to contribute to some of these groups, when I felt
that I could make a difference, and I used to enjoy telling my
stories. But I have come to the realization that I cannot educate the
masses. And with each new wave of new clueless people, all agog to
demonstrate their cluelessness as quickly, loudly, completely, and
repetitively as possible, I realize that I've done the right thing.
My sanity is more important to me, and my time more precious, than any
return I might get from futilely trying to explain yet one more time
that black flags are actually *important*, or what have you. I have
lost interest in explaining to yet another crop of newbies that I have
actually had some direct personal experience in one thing or another,
and getting the moral equivalent of "Oh yeah? Says who?" for my
trouble. If that's discourse, you can have it. I finally bailed,
except for an occasional browse, when I realized that I had begun
dropping entire sites into my killfile in addition to individual
pinheads, and the killfile took longer to run than it used to take to
read the new news.
Nowadays, many of us restrict our participation to a handful of
private, well moderated mailing lists, where we can actually manage to
get a fact-based answer in edgewise now and again. I'm personally
quite content to let the public Net go to hell at the hands of the
imbecilic hordes. Evolution in action, I think it's called. What's
more, I'm sure that I'm not alone in this. There are very few names
left that I recognize from the early days. Most of the acquaintances I
have made through this medium I only see now in person at the
racetrack. Good. Perhaps more folks should actually go out and try
it, instead of simply masturbating about it, hm?
Post by Brian W Lawrence
...truly disgusted at this fiasco of a new newsgroup...
Whatever. The masses wanted it, and now they've got it. Very few of
the original RAS participants are left, and that's just as well. If
you think the standards are low now, just wait another year or two.
The dumbing-down of the Net is proceeding apace. Someone else can be
the masochistic Messiah-complexed wank who'll try to extract all these
folks' GUIs from their asses and somehow reverse that trend. It sure
as hell isn't going to be me.
The Net is dead. Long live the Net. Enjoy it, folks. It's everything
you wanted it to be.
Scott Griffith, Sun Microsystems Lumpyware
expatriate SCCA New England Region Flagging/Communications worker
(and driver, of anything that turns both right and left,