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To: markomalley
So what is a lefty web haven to do when change causes division? Skinner proposes the following: “I am starting to think that much more radical change is necessary.”

Ok, what's the "much more radical change" the guy is proposing?

I kinda figured this was where the Dem blogosphere/netroots were going to go. The history of "Progressive" movements is one of grassroots energy being mobilized, but then severely controlled and channeled into action through a strict command hierarchy run by a select few. Go against the hierarchy, and you are ostracized and made an outcast from the group.

This is how labor unions operate. The "feminist movement", "environmental movement", "civil rights movement", etc, etc, etc.

The Nutroots are no different. They are primarily centered around blogs like Kos and MyDD which are tightly controlled and managed, only allowing a select few to actually post substantive material for consumption by the masses.

DU is more open (relative term) in terms of allowing broad equality of posting among the participants - but their authoritarian measures to stifle dissent really functions as an output-control method counterpart to the input controls on the blogs. HuffPo falls somewhere in-between.

From my experience, the GOP/Conservative side of the web is much more open, permissive, accepting and tolerant of "dissent" than the Dem/Left. Maybe it's just a function of the Conservative belief in the sovereignty of the individual rather than the collective (which is what the Left is really all about). Sure, at FR we have our Viking Kitties/Zots, but that's more of a troll-control mechanism rather than a means to ensure strict conformity to some narrow definition of what a "Conservative" is/should be.
42 posted on 08/22/2010 6:32:01 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter
Ok, what's the "much more radical change" the guy is proposing?

Banning the F-word?

57 posted on 08/22/2010 7:21:40 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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