Monday, June 20, 2005

Alas poor Slashdot, I knew thee well.

You know what's sad? Reading the politics section of Slashdot. That's what's sad. If you read almost any posting there, it sounds more like the Democratic Underground than a discussion board of supposedly intelligent, hi-tech centered professionals.

Just take a look at the Patriot Act discussion for example. After totally ignoring the fact that the amendment in question seeks to prevent something that has never happened (a library or bookstore having their records searched for customer purchases) by putting in a restriction that is already there* they continue to rant about all the freedoms the current administration has stripped away from the American people.

Being Canadian, I was unaware that the US government had begun pulling all those willing to 'speak truth to power' from their homes in the middle of the night and making them 'disappear'. (Although that would explain why I haven't seem Michael Moore around lately.) I guess it's just that vast right wing conspiracy of the MSM that's not telling all those stories.

What's even sadder is the fact these types of rantings rarely stay confined to the politics section either. Almost any thread that gets more than 50 replies will at some point have a least one anti-administration comment that while totally off topic gets modded as insightful.

It's just sad.

*All federal agents already require a federal warrant before searching any records. The amendment only seeks to define which judges can issue the warrant.


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