Goofing around with Mag's little trick and looking at my old comments I happened upon this pivotal moment in the Gawkerverse. Remember?
I also found the comment for which I got starred (only four days after my first comment I was impressed to discover). I also found my first comment. Kind of can't believe that after years of lurking that's how I chose to bust upon the scene. It does seem, though, that all the comments I posted on old Crosstalk are gone. Didn't happen across any of those, I don't think.
Reviewing the types of discussions I was involved in way back when I think it's fair to say that the level of discourse has definitely, definitely plummeted. It's not just that thing where human nature makes us view the past through rose-colored glasses. Ah well. Clashtalk still floats my boat from time to time.