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December 13, 2004

The secret to great comedy

I didn't intend to turn this blog into a critique of DU, honest. But I'm having fun with it, so let's see how far it goes. This post in particular had me chuckling:

I've just been shut out of freerepublic.com!

Yesterday for the first time I checked out what these guys are talking about, and decided to join so that I could have an ongoing discussion with them. Call it an argument if you like - but I never attack somebody who hasn't attacked me first.

I just tried replying to the latest comments in our ongoing discussion, and WHOOPS - my priviliges have been revoked. Not only that - ALL MY POSTS WERE DELETED from the thread! I feel like I've been mugged.


So it turns out that only Republicans are allowed to post at freerepublic.com. Simple as that. No debate allowed. Tell me - am I dreaming? I honestly didn't think it was this bad in the "free world". Check out the thread, and note the deleted posts. My comments appear occasionally when someone quotes me, but they left out the best parts(!) I wrote LONG and carefully worded mini-essays...all gone. What a waste of time. I was honestly expecting them to enjoy calling me names and such, but I guess they can't handle serious debate.

As I've said before, one of the main reasons I read DU is for the comedy. And what's the secret to great comedy? Timing. In this case, it couldn't be better.

A few posters in that thread tried to kill the fun by pointing out that DU itself is hardly a free speech zone, but the original poster kept the entertainment alive:

Maybe I'm REAL naive since I didn't spend much time on political forums before recently, but I was really surprised to see that NOT ONLY I was shut out their forum for simply debating them, but that my posts were removed by the moderator! It's like wearing a sign on you back saying 'WE WILL NOT TOLERATE DEBATE IN THIS FORUM!'. My point is that the situation concerning free speech and healthy debate is FAR worse than I imagined. I figured they'd LIKE debating me, but I guess not.


Are you telling me there's actually a RULE stating that if you're a Republican then you can't post here? That would be just as bad.

As a matter of fact, the DU forum rules have this to say about "Who is welcome on Democratic Underground, and who is not":

We welcome Democrats of all stripes, along with other progressives who will work with us to achieve our shared goals.

This is a "big tent" message board. We welcome a wide range of progressive opinion. You will likely encounter many points of view here that you disagree with.

We ban conservative disruptors who are opposed to the broad goals of this website. If you think overall that George W. Bush is doing a swell job, or if you wish to see Republicans win, or if you are generally supportive of conservative ideals, please do not register to post, as you will likely be banned.

"Just as bad". I look forward to DUer thephaseshift's post castigating DU as an example of what's wrong with the quote-unquote "free world".

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it annoys me how they've co-opted the word 'progressive,'

i guess, "progressing toward what?" should be my answer.

Posted by: sigh | Dec 13, 2004 11:07:28 PM

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