Tuesday, January 24, 2006

We're Watching

The New York Times had a story yesterday that is getting a lot play for a good reason. It illustrates that there is an Internet history, albeit short, of reader reaction when the press fails to do its job. But one particular point is worth drawing out further.

“The blowback is hardly without precedent, but it is worth noting that much of it came from the left. Flaming and invective know no ideology, but there is a tendency toward seeing a growing conspiracy behind every ill-chosen word - something once thought to be the province mainly of conservatives.”
Soothe the Blog, Reap the Whirlwind" - by David Carr



Conservatives no longer stand alone and we're now asking everyone, regardless of your politics, to join in. Perhaps the complaints we raise even apply closer to home. What is your local newspaper doing with the news of the day?

Of course, some disagree with reader reactions, but that's what this is all about. So be it.

"Redshift" made a comment, stating that the Internet is not a free speech zone because of regulation, but then went on to agree that “ideally” this was the intent. Within a comment section, this most certainly should be the standard. Of course, we don't expect anyone to condone violent speech, that isn't what we are saying.

You can shut someone up by shuttering the functions that allow us to speak. But that doesn't make it right, nor guarantee we won't rise up.

We're watching, reading, and this is the place where we will let you know how we feel. After all, we were given no choice, because we had nowhere else to go.

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