Firstly, let say that it has been a long time since we have done any “science” things, and we apologize in advance for any errors in “science.” We were never that great at it, and we had to use Google to find out the steps of the scientific method. But now, we present our science fair project: “People of SEPTA is for Dicks.”
Step 1. Ask a Question
Who is the People of SEPTA page for?
Step 2. Do Background Research
We’re not going to link to any specific posts, but just have a look for yourself.
Step 3. Construct a hypothesis
People of Septa is for dicks.
Step 4. Test Hypothesis with experiment
We actually didn’t have to do this one for ourselves. Over on the Facebook page’s wall, one woman decided to start flipping over the tables in the temple, not with her hands, but with sarcasm. The immediate response was from like-minded people who exercised their first amendment right to hit the “like” button. And then came the site’s locals.
Well, really only a handful of regulars. They do their best to justify the site, misunderstand analogies, and resort to good old fashioned name-calling (one man needs only nine previous comments to decide it was the time and place to throw down the C-bomb). He also calls the original poster a troll for putting this on the People Of SEPTA page, apparently confusing “troll” with “voice of reason.” And then, in a move many would consider grasping at straws, the site’s administrator chimes in with the “you aren’t a real Philadelphian” argument. The same person then goes on to say, “Junkies, homeless, and other social burdens have no dignity,” because running a site that points and laughs at these people makes you the dignity police.
Step 5. Analyze and draw a conclusion
It’s all just so gross. Someone pulled out the “it’s so sad you just have to laugh” thing, to which we say, NO. It’s one thing to look at your own life, at your own situation, and feel that “sometimes you just gotta laugh at it,” thing, but that’s to yourself. When you look at others and think that, you’re a dick. Which completes (and we think proves) our hypothesis: the People of SEPTA page is for dicks.
Step 6. Communicate your findings
[Image via Getting Smart]