Bagging it
Posted by aogWednesday, 10 August 2005 at 11:39 TrackBack Ping URL

Well, I’ve finally been worn down and given up on BAGNewsNotes. Originally it seemed just semi-loony and not nearly as bilious and hateful as say the Democratic Underground or Daily Kos. But lately the imperviousness to facts, spite and loonieness have been too much for me. Even the proprietor, who didn’t seem as wacky as his commentors, is now making statements like

In the meantime, the slow news period and the focus on Crawford has helped draw attention to Mrs. Sheehan, who would probably have been disappeared under a provision of the Patriot Act if her son Casey hadn’t been killed in Baghdad last April.

Yeah, entire camps of people have been “disappeared” by the double secret provisions of the Patriot Act.

Then there was the deep reading of SCOTUS nominee John Roberts’ psyche from a family portrait. Has anyone, ever, had a family portrait done where it wasn’ the photographer who arranged every little thing? My memory of such events is being told “sit here. Stand there. Put your hand here. Move your leg there.”. How that provides deep insight in to the views of the people being treated like meat puppets escapes me.

But what really got to me was the orgy of how horrid the USA and President Bush in particular in response to a post about the London bombings. Not a bit of concern or dislike for the actual bombers, only for those trying to stop the bombers.

In the end, I think that what’s really going on there is that it is a large, psychological experiment (the proprietor is in fact a trained psychologist). The standard format isn’t to comment on the images themselves, but comment one one’s own point of view as projected on to the image, just like an ink blot test. It is all about the mental state of the commentors, not the images themselves or the real world. I’m sure that lots of fascinating psychological data is being generated but I think I’ll wait for the book to come out.

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David Cohen Sunday, 14 August 2005 at 21:15

You did yeoman’s service there — above and beyond. I thought about joining in to tag-team them every once in a while, but I just couldn’t face that amount of ignorance.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 14 August 2005 at 23:39

The constant misreading / misquoting plus random insults got a bit draining as well. I recently noticed that it wasn’t just me, but anyone who tried to inject some reality in to the comments. But worse than that was the apparently unwareness that I was linking to supporting evidence. At least one commentor didn’t click through because he apparently didn’t notice that there were links in my post! Imagine living in a web community where no one links to supporting evidence.

It was almost worth it, though, to get one of the commentors to agree that the Civil War was a mistake and we shouldn’t have freed the slaves, because shedding blood to defend other people’s liberties is wrong. Nobody else seemed to see anything wrong with that.

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