As I am too sure of the fallibility of my own memory, I share this freshly-perverted aphorism for someone to use when some Eternal and Ever New Controversy hits on the net.
The Wheel of the Blogosphere turns, and Months come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Month that gave it birth comes again.
On the net, the cycle from memories to forgetting is around twelve months or so; then it’s again with the tone and the sexism and the other thing, the same inanity rising again because there is no good memory for Internet. What we need is a Wikipedia of Internet History, where the great flaming fails of time can be recorded so one can point and say “See? We’ve gone through this before, you muppet, and your stupid opinion got trounced! Go read!”; but I shudder trying to think of the edit wars, and the trolling.
(From Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, of course.)