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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject: Tantrum and Umbrage Reply with quote

Over the last few days, I've delved into web content, and especially user comments on major websites, like Huffington Post and NYT.

I find myself deeply affected by the kind and level of hate and ignorance I find on these fora.

It may be the liberal's curse, but I want to bend over backward to be fair. And yet, I can't help but conclude that it is the "other side" that has these problems in their argumentation, not so much, "mine". Memes like evolution being "just a theory" (and so the equivalent of so much guesswork), or that Obama is a "socialist" (nevermind the definition of this term), keep spinning back into the comment stream despite being refuted over and over again. The online "conservatives" I saw today, so many of them, seem driven by a vast fear and hatred, to the point of being poisoned, in a way. The experience has been very disturbing and troubling to me, as I see this same kind of partisan rancor spilling out into forums devoted to tipping, ETs, pets, and even math problems. I wonder how far it will it go, even as I theorize about where it all comes from. It some ways it seems we've never been more divided as a country. In other ways, it might just be that the fear and hate were there all along, all around me, but that the technology to deliver it to my awareness had not been perfected.

When I checked the Onion, trying to find a little relief, I found it in the story of the new "anger-powered cars".,26244/ They describe 2 new models, the entry-level Chevy Tantrum, and the pricier Buick Umbrage, both powered by white hot rage, and emitting only "bad vibes" and water.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While "fight fire with fire" might not light your fire on this issue, one thing you might want to read about is the early history of Karl Rove. And I mean, Nixon era, early 1970s Karl Rove. Because it was he, who, formulated much of these memetic wars, but only as a counter-memes to what he saw as the pervasive unspoken accepted norms of liberalism.

I'm not saying that where we've gotten ourselves today is good, or acceptable, but you might find it interesting to read up on him and his early days as objective history.
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