from the comment-culture dept
This week, our first place winner on the insightful facet is That One Man providing up a definition of cancel tradition:
Ooh, ooh, I do know that one! It is one other method of describing the mysterious and completely unfair phenomenon of making use of penalties for being an asshole, particularly if the individual being so persecuted has cash/energy/fame.
In second place, it is an nameless commenter responding to complaints that Fb blocking information in Australia has introduced the nation to its knees:
If a whole nation is delivered to its knees due to a single company, that may be a signal of a much bigger and completely completely different drawback than a hyperlink tax.
For editor’s selection on the insightful facet, we begin out with virusdetected and a remark concerning the North Dakota lawmaker who clearly doesn’t perceive Part 230:
“Regardless that I do not perceive this drawback, or whether or not there’s a drawback, I used to be elected to unravel it…”
I proceed to be disgusted by the ignorance regularly demonstrated by these we elect to positions the place they will instantly affect the instantiation of latest legal guidelines and laws. I believe that the ranks of elected officers could be severely diminished if every one needed to move the identical citizenship examination as an immigrant wishing to develop into a U.S. citizen.
Subsequent, we have Narcissus with a response to a different declare concerning the Fb/Australia scenario — the concept that Fb is incompatible with democracy:
I feel Murdoch is incompatible with democracy.
Over on the humorous facet, we keep on that story for each our prime feedback. In first place, it is an nameless remark with a plan in case Fb does cave to Australia:
- Create a Fb web page with hyperlinks to my web site.
- Demand Fb pay me for my very own hyperlinks to my very own web site.
In second place, it is one other nameless commenter pushing again in opposition to the insightful editor’s selection remark asserting that Rupert Murdoch is incompatible with democracy:
Nonsense. Democracy is “one man, one vote”. Murdoch is in absolute settlement, as long as he’s the “one man”.
For editor’s selection on the humorous facet, we would as effectively stick round for 2 extra feedback about Fb and Australia. First, it is an nameless commenter dispelling any myths of hypocrisy about people who find themselves mad at Fb for combating and at Google for caving:
That is not it. Individuals wished Fb to cave and Google to oppose. Had that occurred everybody could be completely satisfied!
That, or we’re all imagined to be hailing Emperor Murdoch.
Lastly, it is Tech 1337 providing up a abstract of occasions to this point:
Fb: So, you need us to pay publishers who voluntarily select to publish their stuff on our platform?
Authorities: Yep, that is what the regulation would require.
Fb: And what concerning the worth we’re giving them from free model promoting, buyer relationships, and clicks?
Authorities: What worth? Look, we’re providing you with two choices. You both need to take all of the information, or none of it. Your selection.
Fb: OK, we select none.
Authorities: You bully!
That is all for this week, of us!
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