First UK Web-Rage Conviction

The Net in 1969
The internet, earlier today

An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain’s first “web-rage” attack.

Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.

He travelled 70 miles to Mr Jones’ home in Clacton, Essex, and beat him up with a pickaxe handle in December 2005.
(Source: BBC News)

Isn’t web-rage an exceptionally clumsy neologism? Web-rage is such an ugly word… I prefer homicidal attack.

Remember, kids, it’s a wild and woolly world out there, full of people who’ll take violent exception to your choice of footwear or definiton of permanent revolution.

So, hey, let’s be careful out there!


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