The individual has lost a coherent sense of self. He feels disillusioned about his own identity and detached from the goals valued in society. He is confused about what he ought to believe and feels that he cannot control the events which impinge upon him. Modern man is an impoverished “thing.” Thus what is important in causing or preventing personal disorganisation is not so much the extent of social control or the number of regulatory agencies, but the degree of the society’s disintegration. If the life of an individual is well- rounded, if every part of his life—economic, social, religious and aesthetic—is bound together into a significant whole in respect to which he is far from a passive pawn and if he plays a moulding role in the mechanism of this culture, he will seldom suffer from personal disorganisation.
On the other hand, you will occasionally run across rudeness and posturing that is quite gratuitous. The flip-side of the above is that it is acceptable form to slam real offenders quite hard, dissecting their misbehavior with a sharp verbal scalpel. Be very, very sure of your ground before you try this, however. The line between correcting an incivility and starting a pointless flamewar is thin enough that hackers themselves not infrequently blunder across it; if you are a newbie or an outsider, your chances of avoiding such a blunder are low. If you're after information rather than entertainment, it's better to keep your fingers off the keyboard than to risk this.