This guy is Doctorow's pet project, so you'll have to bear with BB until he feels satisfied with Ford's public demise.
We should recognize by now that it's about moralizing, about creeping into the private life of a public figure so that fingers can be pointed at their private behavior. It's an American pastime.
Jordan Lanier, who has room to talk about this given his background, has criticized the internet for this kind of obsessive behavior:
And here’s where Lanier says something remarkable and ominous about the potential dangers of anonymity.
“This is the thing that continues to scare me. You see in history the capacity of people to congeal—like social lasers of cruelty. That capacity is constant.”
“Social lasers of cruelty?” I repeat.
“I just made that up,” Lanier says. “Where everybody coheres into this cruelty beam....Look what we’re setting up here in the world today. We have economic fear combined with everybody joined together on these instant twitchy social networks which are designed to create mass action. What does it sound like to you? It sounds to me like the prequel to potential social catastrophe. I’d rather take the risk of being wrong than not be talking about that.”
While Cory's not anonymous in this case, he can rile up an anonymous fan base to get OUTRAGED! at this bumbling idiot. That way, they can ignore things like those missing girls.