As (I hope) a contributing member of the UAE community since 1989 (maybe started contributing more around 1991 when I had something to contribute), and as a (relatively new) blogger, I use Google Reader to keep up to date on the blogs on the UAE Community Blog and am constantly surprised at how aggressive some people are and how rarely people try to see a different point of view.
I also notice that my occasional tongue-in-cheek posting are completely wasted and more often than not result in annoying rather than raising a laugh.
Sad! Very sad.
Laughter is good - it keeps you sane and stops you from taking yourself too seriously.
Ah well. Such is life I guess.