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VP Enterprise Marketing for PBworks,  first investor in and previously interim CEO of Ustream.TV.  Chris is an active angel investor and the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association (HBSTECH). Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His personal blogs are Adventures in Capitalism and Ask the Harvard MBA.

2 responses to “The Internet is a Rage Virus”

  1. August

    Hahaha. Chris, you have a good point. I also think that why some people do outrageous things to get attention is because they can hide behind their computers, online bravery I call it. I try not to allow those types of opinions get to me. I enjoyed reading this.

  2. Sam

    Agreed, well said. Anonymity is key to the rage fuel. I compare it to what a person is willing to do in traffic provided they can remain anonymously in their car. Some person driving violently and swearing at you becomes the timid kitten if you happen to pull into the same gas station a mile up. My experience has been that they are reluctant to even look at you much less engage in conflict. But from the safety of their car (or online cocoon) with no fear of reprisal? Brace yourself for the intoxication of anonymous rage.
    Same reason a person cheers on a fight when in a crowd, but would never be so bold if they were the sole onlooker, imo.