Kansas City Royals' Fans Consider Online Disinhibition Effect

Kansas City baseball blogs are struggling to maintain interest given that the home team is far away from World Series action. 

Thankfully, they're actually producing some of their best content of the year.

A recent missive about fan interaction offered this notable insight that might or might not be debunked by the legendary adventures of the infamous fountain lady . . .

"The answer is somewhat complicated but is well-known as “the online disinhibition effect.” In my opinion, it boils down to three things. First is anonymity: you can say things without anybody knowing who you are. Second—and perhaps most underrated among factors—is asynchronicity: when you say something to someone else online, you don’t have to see their immediate response and, in fact, you may choose never to see their response. Third is how we see other people online as not fully human, even if we know they’re a real person and are talking in more or less real time. Throw it all together and you get what we’ve got."

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After the 2021 Kansas City Royals season, Hunter Dozier said something immensely interesting. It seems to have perhaps flown under the radar, thanks to a combination of the Royals no longer playing baseball, the MLB playoffs, and the NFL season. But it intrigued me nonetheless. See, Dozier had an awful season by any measure.