In 1995, a perceptive astronomer named Clifford Stoll warned that the Internet was going to open a gateway to a flood of misinformation and hostility.
In 2010, Stoll hopped into a conversation about his supposed error. The Mission’s Rob Howard summed up what happened:
Everyone appears to have missed the irony that a bunch of anonymous Internet commenters were trolling a renowned scientist, 15 years after the fact, for accurately predicting the proliferation of anonymous Internet trolls.
(Reminder: In 2000, some hack grad student at Duke said roughly the same thing, only not as brilliantly.)