freshmeat: The Importance of Avoiding Zs [a plea for intelligent advocacy]
Dec 30, 2000, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Fulmer)
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"Rush Limbaugh is an American talk radio host. He pontificates a
conservative view that longs for a time of stay-at-home housewives,
Jimmy Stewart movies, and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver. The theme of
his talk show is contemporary politics. He backs conservatives at
the expense of liberals. On Orwell's Animal Farm, the truth was
"two legs evil, four legs good". In Limbaugh's world, it is
"Democrats evil, Republicans good". Unfortunately for him, the
world is not black and white. The conservatives can't all be good
and the liberals can't all be evil. Because of this line in the
sand, Limbaugh has no credibility outside of his core constituency.
He makes his money preaching to the choir."
"Too many foot soldiers of the Platform Wars fire
Limbaughisms throughout the chat rooms and bulletin boards of the
Internet. Linux rulez, Windoze drools, and on and on. This kind of
sparring is as old as the Internet. From the time two nerds first
communicated over a wire, you know one ripped the other for his
choice of programming language. When intelligent people communicate
through the anonymity of electronic mail, pointed barbs are sure to
follow salutations. It's natural, it's fun. Frankly, it helps kill
time at work."
"The Holy Wars between the Mac weenie in marketing, the Windows
weenie in accounting, and the UNIX geek in engineering have left
the proprietary email system to find a home on the Internet. The
barbs that used to pass between coworkers are sent to a larger
audience. Why send zingers to Vernon and Tony if you can anger a
whole bunch of people on alt.something.advocacy"