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You keep using that word...

Two of the most degraded words in conversations today may be “culture” and “community.” When it’s possible to talk about “Gamer culture” and the “online gamer community,” someone has taken a serious wrong turn down a dead-end road. When a member of your “online community” will baby-sit your kids in an emergency, or bring you a casserole when a family member dies, I’d love to hear about it.

Small print: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” is of course Inigo Montoya’s line in The Princess Bride, commenting on a character’s repeated description of events as “inconceivable” – even events that are happening before his eyes.