"If I was the moderator of this group I'd put him on probation with a very strong warning and demand an apology to the entire group and until he does I'd limit his participation."
I don't know who wrote the above but it's a familiar part of modern life that makes me scratch my head. Seems like every day some celebrity/sports star/politician says some generally inconsequential thing and immediately faces endless calls to apologise from the massed ranks of the professionally offended. Usually via Twitter. I don't know why they bother, because what good is an insincere apology? But it's not really about that, what it's about is control and humiliation. Everyone who complains knows that the apology is worth nothing and that people don't really see the error of their ways and swiftly adopt the morals of the herd, but if they can get someone to say what they want them to say it makes them happy because their will has been bent and it acts as a warning to others. Conform or we'll nag you endlessly. Is this the Internet as the great leveller, or a growing inability of people to accept that not everyone sees the world the same way they do? I knew this girl who was a right arrogant bitch, whenever I complained about her behaviour she'd just say "I'm sorry you're offended by what I said" which is marvellous because it put all the blame on me for her attitude problem. And she never understood why that drove me crazy, no empathy you see. I wonder what that's like? But all I know is she wouldn't even think to wonder. But if I ever annoy the world and the Twitteratti come banging on my cyber door for an apology that's what I'd say and see if any of the dumb fucks notice they've just been insulted further.