World-Wide-Web Site Airliners.Net Members Mistake Integrity for Liberalism
Feb. 15th, 2002
From Yours Truly
When Airliners.Net member 747-600X began posting his Comments on Headlines:... threads recently, he didn't realize that conservativism now equated with a need for variety. In fact, he said when interviewed earlier today, it seemed rather backward, "Think about it - if you're conservative, you'd want things to stay the same. These threads do just that. There's nothing liberal about them."
747-600X also noted a pair of Emails he had received inquiring as to the repetitive nature of the threads wherein it was expressed that it was "...different...but not necessarily strange...".
"I guess what I don't understand is why anyone minds? They seem to get pissed at anything that happens more than once."
747-600X then went on to describe his reasons for the postings. "Every day I have certain opinions about what goes on in the world, and I think - and hope - that my fellow Airliners.Net members also have those feelings. So I copy articles in whole for them to review without linking to outside sites and then begin with my own opinion. If that opinion is liberal that's okay. It's typical of conservatives to think I expect them to subscribe to my view of the world. I don't. I had hoped, in creating these threads, to create something people would know - which apparently they do - and knew what they were getting in to. Many of them have been popular; including the recent Soccer one which, when I logged on to this site today, was running strong in the #1 spot."
But what annoyed 747-600X more than anything about the strong right gripe about his threads, was, "...that they don't do anything. It's not like I'm attacking anyone or insulting anyone. This is the world, this is reality, and I'm just posting it one day at a time for you to respond to and love or hate and say what you think. It's a wholesome sort of conversation, and if your views are conservative, you're just as welcome to post them as us dumb liberals."
When asked why he used the same Comments on Headlines:... introduction to each thread he said, "It's sort of a brand-name thing. You know what you're getting into, you know you're going to get a whole article and then that your opinion on it is specifically welcome and wanted. Yes, there are thousands of other posts about these topics, but this is just my version, which happens to include no paraphrasing, just the original articles."
747-600X finished by commenting, "I never thought conservatives objected to things simply because they were 'different', I always thought they objected because it was outside the sphere of safety or security, or moral righteousness. Either way, these threads are different, yes, but I feel people will come to see them as a stable continuum, a place to discuss the headlines without the reduction-to-flame BS which often occurs. So far, none of these threads have been anything but unbiased and wonderfully helpful in discussing things. If that's your idea of liberalism, then you clearly don't understand what liberals believe."
747-600X said that he had every intention of continuing the threads whenever a headline cought his attention or when he felt viewers might like to discuss it.
"...and by the way," he added, "we have never discussed funky purple ketchup."
"The threads have popped up all over the non-aviation forum sporting trendy newsworthy titles, and then asking for comments on the issue."
In response, 747-600X said, "Isn't that a good thing? I could've sworn even conservatives liked to discuss things. I guess not, I mean if they did, they would've made a post about it..."
These "hot" issues have ranged anywhere from problems in the War against Terrorism to the problems of that funky purple ketchup. Airliners.net admnistrator Johan commented, "This site has free speech. While this hard line conservative group may not like what they're seeing, I may have to lay down the law if they cant simmer down."
"This is very amusing; the issues never claimed to be 'hot' at all, and you don't have to respond to them. There was a series of "hot" threads out there, yes, but not related to my own. And as far as simmering down goes, these posts are hardly raging flames. Usually only one or two gets picked up and actaully discussed."
In response, the representative of the conservative group replied, "We want the forums to be back to the way they were! We don't need any of this horsing around with headlines, its just un-American. You either oppose these threads, or you're a terrorist!"
"Well, speaking a little more in earnest, the forums are the way they were. Nothing has changed. If you don't like the threads, ignore them. And of course I'm a terrorist. Aren't all liberals?"
The past few weeks have seen tensions rise between the two camps on airliners.net. Threads such as "Who would you date?" have hurt some people's feelings who weren't mentioned, and nearly a dozen people have reported holes being burned in their retinas when they read any thread on the Middle East."
"Well, now we're just going completely off-topic. The dating topic was separate by far. If you have a problem with that, talk to user Barcode. On the other hand, if you're naive enough to delete yourself over such a thing, feel free. And as said - if you don't want to read a thread about the Middle East, well... don't read it. In the mean time, the rest of us do enjoy discussing the world we live in."
But now it seems that this new tension may bring the forums to a boiling point. "Comments on Headline" creater 747-600X defended his invention saying, "I think people need to know the news the way it ought to be. And it ought to be my way! The liberal way! Those conservative donkeys can **** my ***."
"As you can see, those conservative donkeys are putting words in my mouth. Oh well. What matters is that nothing is anywhere near boiling, and if it weren't for this conservative hype, it wouldn't be threatening to."
Well I'm not sure about you guys but this article just sucked. Totally.