In a discussion about online gaming miscreants, a Globe & Mail reporter cites a famous Penny Arcade comic that presents the following equation: Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total F***wad. According to the writer:
"This simple and amusing explanation seems accurate enough at first glance, but there's a problem with one of its premises: I'd argue that a "normal person" hasn't a hidden desire to hurl profane insults at every opportunity, spout lengthy racist slurs for no reason, and harass female players until they leave the game. I haven't anything to back this up (other than three decades of experience interacting with people), but it seems to me that such antisocial behaviour is the hallmark of a sociopath. These individuals have simply found a medium that allows them to indulge their unsociable impulses without consequence-much to everyone else's dissatisfaction."