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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:08 AM
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In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. In the small towns nestled throughout the Ozarks, people like to say that everybody knows everybodys business and if they do not, they feel free to offer an educated guess.

One of the established places here for trading the gossip of the day is Dees Place, a country diner where a dozen longtime residents gather each morning around a table permanently reserved with a members-only sign for the Old Farts Club, as they call themselves, to talk about weather, politics and, of course, their neighbors.

But of late, more people in this hardscrabble town of 5,000 have shifted from sharing the latest news and rumors over eggs and coffee to the Mountain Grove Forum on a social media Web site called Topix, where they write and read startlingly negative posts, all cloaked in anonymity, about one another.

And in Dees Place, people are not happy. A waitress, Pheobe Best, said that the site had provoked fights and caused divorces. The diners owner, Jim Deverell, called Topix a cesspool of character assassination. And hearing the conversation, Shane James, the cook, wandered out of the kitchen tense with anger.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/us/small-town-gossip-...
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CBGLuthier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:09 AM
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1. The internet has revealed the one universal truth
People hate each other. A lot. One hell of a lot.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:12 AM
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2. Holy shit- you ain't kiddin! I just went there and read some posts and they are...
...some pissed off people.

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:28 AM
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4. Interesting, on the Topix Poll they're all for Obama (in the lead) over Perry and Bachmann. n/t
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 12:29 PM
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6. all it takes is one Tea Bagger to ruin it for everyone else.
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MrTriumph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:18 AM
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3. Agreed.
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get the red out Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:37 AM
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5. Small towns
Small towns tend to be hateful, judgmental places in my experience of growing up in one. I don't know if it's boredom or lack of exposure to new or different ideas/ways of being? I would imagine the web offers a broader audience and faster pace for the churning of the rumor mill, but it didn't create the tension.
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Katashi_itto Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 10:25 PM
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7. Here is the Alamogordo New Mexico Topix...a more evil buch you wont find anywhere else.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 10:51 PM
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8. Sounds like FR.
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