There once was a person in our [blogging] group (now gone, gladly), who’d use 4chan as an excuse. “They were just used to 4chan culture,” he’d say, “4chan makes you comfortable with that stuff — they’re just joking.” And I’d gag. That you think long exposure to sexist, racist, homophobic ranting of the most extreme sort makes slightly milder versions of sexism, racism, and homophobia excusable — it could be worse, it could be 4chan! — is a pretty good reason to detest 4chan harder.
–PZ Myers boils frogs.