He has his speculations. Here's mine:
Personally, I think it is just one of those things that happens on the internet. I don't think that just Althouse had a meltdown, I think the whole commentariat had a bit of a meltdown. Althouse did throw fire on a couple of on-going flame wars, but the wars were already long standing affairs. She just dropped some fuel bombs before going nuclear.What's needed now is for everyone to "Hug it out, bitches!", but that ain't happening.
There really were a lot of people getting extremely pissy about the gay marriage stuff (including me), and the whole "War on Men" thing has been a growing meme and an increasingly sore spot for a while now. Althouse picked the wrong commentariat to get contrary with on that issue.
Frankly, a lot of people were behaving badly. That's not to exclude Althouse, because she was also behaving badly. Mocking the losing side is NOT a classy move, and is guaranteed to increase the heat. The fact that she won't even acknowledge that's what she's doing just makes it worse.
Also, a lot of people think (rightly in my opinion) that the Professor is much more insulated from what's happening in the rest of the country than most everyone else. Sometimes she really does seem stuck in the young Boomer mythos, but times have changed. Hell, us Gen-Xers are starting to get up there in years now. This isn't the country of 1993 anymore, much less the country of 1973.
And then, to add to everything else, Mary showed up again. And that was the final straw. No one who has been subjected to that shit would want to put up with it again, and it has been an periodic problem Althouse has faced. (Other friends of mine have been subjected to that as well - Mary is a destroyer, plain and simple.)
So that was it, bad attitudes all the way around, napalm and fuel bombs (redundancy alert!), neutron bombs and a closed comment section.
And now there's a lot of butt-hurt all the way around, people are nursing grievances, and what was once one of the most entertaining large blog commentary groups (if not the most entertaining) is now kaput.
Mostly I think it was all simple human foibles (stubbornness, willfully refusing to acknowledge the other person's point of view, doubling down of stupid) all the way around, and that people looking for big explanations are just ignoring the obvious: Sometimes people just behave badly, even if they're not fundamentally bad people.
So now us refugees wander the lonely sands of the internet, looking for fellow exiles.
BONUS: Who wrote:
I don't think diagnosing them as crazy or non-crazy is helpful. Those who are behaving like assholes need to be called on it. Plain and simple.Answer after the break.