Iconic Street Fighter Artist Illustrates How The Internet Is Full Of Jerks

Iconic Street Fighter Artist Illustrates How The Internet Is Full Of Jerks

Ever notice how there’s always people online who seem to know everything? That take pleasure in showing they know everything when they notice mistakes? And then others gang up too? Maybe you are sometimes guilty of that. Maybe I am too. Maybe that’s the problem.

Akiman, best known for his Street Fighter art, does a good job of explaining this online problem in an illustration he titles “Internet”.


The character in glasses says, “One plus one is three.”


Another smiling character appears and says, “It’s two” and slaps the character across the face.


Then, the next smiling character in line also says it’s two and then pokes the character in the glasses.


“It’s two, stupid,” says the next smiling character in line, kicking the character and knocking off his spectacles.


Finally, another smiling character, wielding a sharp object, says “It’s two, you idiot. Die!” Then the character who was wearing glasses screams in pain as he’s stabbed.

And that is Akiman’s take on the mob mentality of the internet. Agree? Disagree?

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  • I see this happen on forums all the time. The latest incident was last night on steam’s greenlight. Some guy made defence game with rotating cubic environments.
    Every kid in line was like “LOOKS LIEK MIENCWAFT DIS GAM SUXS”.

    Then you’ve the posters who post asking questions without reading the entire thread. They expect us to take the time to answer them when they can’t be bothered finding the answer for themselves.

  • Sounds about right. Hardly anyone on the internet has their own opinion, they just follow the opinion of many to feel they fit in… on the internet.

  • Problem is that the loudest voices are usually the whiny minority. Then the sheep of society follow those voices to try and fit in.

    I highly encourage anyone and everyone to speak their mind. Let us not then spend our time insulting and hating on someone because they believe differently. Instead we should sit down like good ol’ chaps drinking tea and logically discussing the merits of each of our beliefs.

    Society should take a curiosity into different ways of thinking rather than blindly rejecting anything that doesn’t line up with what the loudest voices in society tell them. How can we hope to grow philosophically if our philosophy is one of arrogant ignorance?

  • It’s pretty much the modern equivalent of weeding out the weak and sick members of the herd… and then crushing them. Self preservation? I pick on the weak so I am seen as strong and I believe that I’m strong.

  • To be fair, I’ve seen this happen partially because a bunch of people respond before refreshing, not realising their comment is thirteenth in line saying the same thing.

    I’ve also seen a lot of ‘alpha nerding’ with people doing these sorts of corrections in game boards to show off their superior knowledge. My favourite is when they then get smacked down and corrected in turn by another alpha nerd (hopefully a less jerky one).

  • A significant portion of the world’s population is simply not capable of having a objective, rational conversation, particularly when it challenges their own beliefs. The only reason it appears to be so prevalent in internet conversations is that there is virtually no barrier to entry that would otherwise prevent participation. Combined with the Online disinhibition effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_disinhibition_effect), the net result is that any thoughtful, unbiased conversation is forced into the background.

    It is a sad state of affairs.

  • It’s true of anything to do with humans. Mob mentality will almost always win out. One of my favourite quotes is (from Men In Black):
    A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.

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