Isn't this an apt description of many of the discussions you have encountered on Internet discussion threads? It seems so to me.
Internet users enjoy the same anonymity as drivers in their motor vehicles. Even the meekest of humans seem to become aggressive when they feel assured that they are immune to the consequences of the words in their postings. Even worse, when they find themselves among like-minded people in a discussion, they quickly form themselves into mobs to attack anyone of a different ideological persuasion.
Too often, I delude myself into thinking that I am the conversational equivalent of a Texas Ranger. I suppose that reference requires some explanation...
Thus, I wade into these mobs who are verbally abusing each other on Internet discussion threads and attempt to bring peace and order and end up like Brer Rabbit.
Tomorrow, I will comment on what I've learned or should have learned.