Again I am up late not doing my work, even though I was on a roll. It’s just that I was cold, and a little hungry, and I got up from the table to turn on the heat and grab a soda, and I am using the natural break.
I was challenged (in a polite, academic way) by Pat, a commenter, to provide examples of vitriol among Freedomain Radio discussion board members. I enjoyed complying, and listed a few threads in my reply to his comment. The following thread is an oldie but goodie from November of 2006. It’s kinda in media res, as they used to say in my writing classes, and the original post has been deleted (probably an artifact of an account being deleted, because although some remarks by the original poster appear inside quote boxes, no posts by him appear, even though you know he was participating in the discussion because people call him out by name):
The thread covers a lot of ground, from self-esteem to prostitution to newbies, but for me the real pay off is the very last post.
Registration will not be turned off on this board to create a “safe microcosm” of close minded people. The free market does not work that way. Anyone can buy a movie ticket and attend the show.
Here and there I’ve pointed out on this blog (maybe in the comments) that the board has been closed to new members, and speculated that it was a way to filter out negative fallout (is that a redundant phrase?) from the Guardian article and radio interviews. You can petition to sign up, and a few people have been granted permission (one of them named tpaine–fancy that!), but you obviously have to qualify in some way. Maybe it’s like a five-day waiting period on fire arms–everyone gets approved, but not immediately, so whatever half-cocked thing they were hoping to register to say is forgotten about.
Five days? But I’m mad now!
I may be watching from the parking lot across the street from the driveway, but I am totally enjoying this show. And I don’t have to be objective–I’ve got a blog!
(Plus I said cock. Tee hee!) /Dig