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Justice Scalia uses the Internet. And he thinks you people on it are narcissists.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia thinks you are being a teensy bit self-centered online.  (Jewel Samad/AFP/GettyImages)

In a lengthy interview with New York Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he uses the Internet -- but doesn't seem particularly thrilled by what he sees.

Earlier this year Justice Elena Kagan suggested the Supreme Court as a whole hasn't really "gotten" to e-mail. But when asked about his own connectivity, Scalia told New York Magazine "[s]ure, I use the Internet." He didn't blame all societal ills on the Web, but he did take some potshots at bloggers and social media users:

I’m nervous about our civic culture. I’m not sure the Internet is largely the cause of it. It’s certainly the cause of careless writing. People who get used to blurbing things on the Internet are never going to be good writers. And some things I don’t understand about it. For example, I don’t know why anyone would like to be “friended” on the network. I mean, what kind of a narcissistic society is it that ­people want to put out there, This is my life, and this is what I did yesterday? I mean … good grief. Doesn’t that strike you as strange? I think it’s strange.

Reminder: This is one of the people ultimately responsible for interpreting laws that affect the Internet.

Scalia also clutched his proverbial pearls about the "coarseness" of language in society these days -- especially ladies using "the F-word." Now, if you'll excuse me I need to go back to never becoming a good writer.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.



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