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Revenge of the Activist-Writers

Oct 29, 2007, 20:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"Brian Proffitt over at LinuxToday posted a rebuke of an InfoWorld troll experiment in which a writer purposefully tried to incite an entity known as the "Linux community" to attack him. Such actions are unbelievably stupid by any measure of sanity, and the Web does not need further proof that cyberspace is filled with highly destructive, undercooked man-children who make real-life threats over everything from books about Java to who has the better rogue talent spec in World of Warcraft. There are so many bad assumptions in the InfoWorld writer's thesis--for instance, the illusion of a single, cohesive 'Linux community'--that I hardly know where to start. But Brian Proffitt isn't entirely in the correct frame of reference either. Yes, there are a lot of violent Linux people, and they are the dominant public face of Linux for many technology news readers, but there is another side to this story on the publishing end of things. Brian's right in that he should be more discriminating with his news picks, but I have the feeling his job is going to get tougher as the rise of Linux blogs and advocacy sites make it more difficult to find reliable and authoritative Linux-oriented stories..."

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