People seem to think that by posting in threads and agreeing with other people they are changing the world. They are not. They are posting in threads online. The universe will not be altered by forum threads, even those which are very wry. Being outraged online is a form of entertainment, and refreshing a thread to receive a hit of consensus packs the thrill of genuine activism without requiring any sweat.
Didn’t they say the same thing about people who wrote books, back in the Dark Ages.
It’s not the people who write books that change the world. It’s the people who read them… and act.
I think that’s the point he’s making: that reading a thread on a forum does not carry any karmic reward unless it spurs the reader to action.
Ahh, the karmic rewards of a good trackback or Digg ;)