Internet website Wikimugs crashed this morning after publishing the name of every sucker outraged by the news that other people say different things in private and in public.
Founder Jane Ratzen said it was in the public interest to allow people to be outraged at the sheer numbers of other people who were just as naïve and gullible as they were. ‘The first reaction of visitors to the site is to point at the screen and crow at the millions who profess to be shocked that individuals’ public pronouncements and private comments aren’t always the same,’ she said.
‘But when they see their own names up there, their outrage levels rocket and they add their outraged comments. Then they see others’ outraged comments about them and the whole thing expands exponentially. We call the process ‘outrage creep’, which can be interpreted in more than one way. We had a bit of a glitch today but we hope that by using all spare capacity on every computer on the web we might just be able to cope.’
User Alf Chadwick of Carshalton said he had signed on to see the names of all those who couldn’t believe that Prince Andrew sounded a bit gobby and prejudiced when having an argument, but was shocked to find himself listed for not realising that the election candidate for whom he had canvassed so tirelessly was an arrogant slob who derided party workers at dinner parties.
Alf said things deteriorated when his mother in law found herself listed for thinking Alf was quite nice really, because he asked after her wellbeing, while he actually called her an interfering old hypocritical trout behind her back. He then discovered what she had thought of him all along.
Asked about the effort involved in making Wikimugs such a massive success, Jane Ratzen thanked all her hard working and talented staff and consultants for making the whole thing possible. In private, she pulled a face and asked what was so difficult about listing the names of all Mail and Express readers and letting them do all the work, at which point several thousand more names were added to the list