Robert coined the adage a few days ago: “The only difference between an imageboard poster and a talkback radio caller is forty years.”
I think it’s generally agreed upon that dickishness- ahem, people being afraid of things they don’t understand – is not only a universal but timeless construct. It’s passed down the family line too, quite frequently: when you grow up surrounded by a certain set of repeated ideologies the natural inclination is to assume that they are automatically right, regardless of logic or feelings of nagging doubt.
The defence of it’s-my-opinion is often brought up in debate of contentious issues; all the more so if those issues illicit high emotional stakes. I can’t put it any better than philosophy lecturer Patrick Stokes, so I won’t bother trying to.
I know that people usually read these posts if they want some reference in the comic explained. If you don’t know what we’re referencing when we joke about pony fanfic, you may be better off staying that way.