It just seems to me that saying it's the internet, and doesn't mean anything, is a load of rubbish. What makes the medium of our communication somehow make what you say "not mean anything"?
Greatest communication system ever created, greatest library of recorded human knowledge and cultural artifacts, and you dismiss it out of a sense of grumpy old fartedness. Seems a bit daft.
I'm bored, so I'll bite
Until I buy from/sell to someone here, or go riding with them, they're just a name on a screen, nothing more. I imagine they see me the same way. I was on a car forum many years ago where one popular member apparently created an entire imaginary partner, with a surprisingly convincing 'personality' of their own, before tragically killing them off, and receiving lots of sympathy. I'm not suggesting anyone here is non-existent (although they could be for all I know) but you can't attach life-altering significance to anything that's posted.
If someone harrasses me face-to-face, or makes abusive phone-calls to my house, that's invasive and very unpleasant - if someone trolls me on a forum, I just stop reading their posts. Simple. The fact that so many people seemingly can't make that distinction any longer, presumably because the internet has become such a massively integral part of their personal life, is rather tragic. Any communication system which causes (primarily young) people to become so utterly dependant and fixated on it that they'll hang themselves because of some words or pictures on a screen is deeply flawed.
...pretend here is reality, and not some expectant itch of july...