Oh, Great Sweet Lord, It’s The Internet Again

Once and for all time, stop talking. Or in the parlance of The Internet, LURK MOAR:

Five weeks after the State ofHawaii vouched for the authenticity of President-electBarack Obama‘s
birth certificate, the controversy over allegations that Obama is not
eligible to take office next month has reached the Supreme Court, which
is expected to announce Monday whether it will consider the matter.

The fight is unusual because it thrives outside the so-called
mainstream media, far beyond the oak-paneled offices of $700-an-hour
lawyers and a world away from the 535 individuals whose surnames are
preceded by Representative or Senator.

This is a different army at work, in an environment increasingly influenced by the Internet.

The Internet is not a truck. It’s also not a person. And before you go all Marshall McLuhan on my ass, I will grant the point that sinkholes like Freeperville make it easier for lunatics to gather and exchange cooties, but the story makes it sound like it went like this:

1. Get an Internet

2. …

3. Conspiracy theories!

Crazy people outside of government have been coming up with nutjob ideas and pushing them around the national shuffleboard since before there was dirt. They did it with mimeographed newsletters and they did it with chain letters and they did it withfucking full-on glossy magazines with membership lists in the back. Because that shit is now where Tom Q. Reporter up there can see it does not mean it didn’t exist before. Jesus, I hate when reporters assume something began when they discovered it.

This “environment” is not being influenced by the Internet. It’s being influenced by CRAZY PEOPLE who are using the Internet. The only thing the Internet has to do with it is as a delivery system for ALL THE CRAZY. It’s not like the Internet was invented and five minutes later insanity appeared. God, I hate shallow crap like this.

Also, this:

That may underscore a landscape change in the media, where the Internet
is playing a bigger role in setting the agenda. In 2004, the so-called
swift boat campaign against Sen.John Kerry,
the Democratic presidential nominee, began on the Internet. In fact,
the co-author of “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out
Against John Kerry,” Jerome Corsi, also wrote “Obama Nation,” a book
critical of Obama, published earlier this year.

There’s a paragraph what needed an editor pretty badly.


9 thoughts on “Oh, Great Sweet Lord, It’s The Internet Again

  1. The paragraph you highlighted doesn’t need an editor as much as it needs someone who is thinking clearly when s/he writes it. The sentences do not make sense together because the writer really has no idea what s/he is talking about.

  2. “The medium is the message” just means that the message is shaped by the constraints of the medium through which it’s sent, or in other words, infomercials look different from crappy printed flyers that get stuck in the Pennysaver, even though they might be selling the same crap, and if spammers weren’t hawking pills to make your p3n1$ b1ggur electronically, they’d be doing it in the backs of cheap-ass porno, health, and teen magazines, just like they’ve been doing for who knows how long now.
    Itdoesn’t ferchrissakes mean whatever the fuckthat thing in the Trib was about.

  3. The real problem here is that the internet makes it to hard to make blog posts in crayon, which would tip off writers like the one of that article that you’re dealing with someone who is a stupid, deranged, fucking lunatic.
    Believe me, if it was easier, the freepers would be doing it.

  4. ___________ is a tactic. You can’t fight a tactic. You can only fight the people using it.
    In the blank above, feel free to insert “terrorism,” “the internet,” “prank calls,” or any other medium or action that tickles your elmo.

  5. Can I assume that the people crying for his birth certificate are in absolutely no way inflamed by the talk-show radio pundits?
    Yes dear repubs, this is the world you created.

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