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It’s funny because it’s true. Why’s it so compelling a mistake?

Part of it for me is just habit. Part of it is also craving a certain sort of intellectual interaction that can sometimes happen via electronic communication (but rarely does, and even less so if the goal is to prove someone wrong, it requires instead I think a commitment to rigorous but friendly collective effort). A great deal of my formative intellectual and political education occurred through informal electronic interaction. Remembering that, or half remembering it, is part why the habit is so hard to break despite its only occasional success.