Started to write this as a reply to the Hogan thread, but then thought this deserved it's own. Justice as an ideal is supposed to be equally applied and have codified degrees of right and wrong and proportional responses. Not whims. Instead, now the question is - did the incident go viral? If so, appease the mob, and destroy the offender and most of the time, do it fast. No weighing of evidence and no due process. I'm beginning to even question the motives of some of the people releasing offensive viral videos. Are they truly interested in justice, or just destroying someone they don't like. Got an enemy you don't like? Stalk him with a camera, or set up a hidden camera and be patient. Everyone is bound to do or say A Ton of stupid things over their 80 year life span, better hope it doesn't get caught on camera... The nuance here, the current precedent is that leaders and celebrities are held to a much higher standard and apparently anything goes with them. While his comments are horrible, they were also 8 years ago and from a private conversation. What if the tape were 20 years old? How about 30? 50? So according to precedent it's ok cause he's a celeb (I don't like this precedent), but I don't think we want this to trickle into the general population. This online community is not the traditional in person court of public opinion. Where if you say something about someone in person, you might encounter his friends or family and have to stand by your comments. Online is scorched earth. And while most of the time the person is guilty of wrong doing, it's important to keep in mind this is the same community that attempted to destroy Curt Schilling's daughter and Robin William's daughter for no GD reason whatsoever. And in the case of Zelda she just lost her dad, wtf is wrong with people. Even when they're right, to whatever degree, this is probably not a court you want to give credibility to. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thought, Due Process, Justice and Reasonable Expectations of Privacy, at the new interfaces of high technology and human nature, all of these high ideals are being threatened at the moment. Do we want to get closer and closer to thought crime and a Hitler youth tattle-tell society?