While I was driving around doing errands today, I was listening to a late-January podcast of This American Life that I had previously downloaded and copied onto a CD. The program was #545, entitled "If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS."
The theme of the program was an exploration of the ways people's personalities/personas change when they enter cyberspace. The first act was "Ask Not For Whom The Bell Trolls; It Trolls for Thee," with obvious subject matter. Then one on hate e-mail directed toward the program because of narrators having "vocal fry."
Act Three was "Words of Prey" -
"Jeffrey Brodeur worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and was put in charge of an Osprey Cam — a live web feed of an osprey nest near his office. Which he thought was just charming — until the mother osprey in the nest began acting strangely."The mother abused and frankly attacked the chicks, and the internet "blew up" with demands from "featherheads" (bird lovers) for someone to rescue the chicks. I won't tell the outcome here. Rather I'll just share this comment...
"Nature is not cruel - that implies intent. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random."You can hear the full story here (14 minutes).