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    • I don't watch sports, so take my opinion as from an outside, big-picture, perspective. I believe that society, at large, is too quick to knee-jerk a response in this, ever-connected, age.

      Everyone has a camera, and every app now seems to have a video feature to it that will catch a moment in time, post it to the Internet, and there it is forever held as the exemplar. Most of those video snippets are posted completely without context and many are posted as an intentional provocation for a response, clicks, "likes", etc...

      The people taking these videos, snippets, photos, GIFs, etc... have no training nor belief of social responsibility/courtesy to offer contextual information that tells the whole story... or at least enough to make an informed decision of.

    • It feels like a modern problem, but I'm not sure it is. Try vaguely resmbling a witchy-type person in Salem in 1692.

      We seem to be built to have knee-jerk responses to stimuli, and dare I say we often resist reversing our opinion, once reached, even when we have time to reconsider.

      Also, the irony that Deadspin -- and outfit that prospers by appealing to our worst instincts -- is taking the high road here is amusing. It can only mean that their own twitter account was beaten to the punch and they needed to find a new angle on the story!

    • It feels like a modern problem, but I'm not sure it is. Try vaguely resmbling a witchy-type person in Salem in 1692.

      That's a good point. I still think it's worth trying to understand how current methods of information consumption play a role in exacerbating some of these issues.

      Also, the irony that Deadspin -- and outfit that prospers by appealing to our worst instincts -- is taking the high road here is amusing. It can only mean that their own twitter account was beaten to the punch and they needed to find a new angle on the story!

      It's funny you say this. Deadspin actually did post something reactionary about this story before all the facts came out. I remember seeing it, but I can't seem to find it now. So they fell into that trap too, just like I did.

      Deadspin can be a little smarmy and crass at times, but I tend to enjoy their writers for the most part. At least they went out of their way to update the situation after new information came to light (credit also goes to writer Barry Petchesky who penned the article). I don't think any other outlet did so, or at least Deadspin was the first to do so. A lot of other outlets don't do that sort of thing at all.