This post was imported from an old weblog posted to by multiple people who do not have user accounts here. Some, if not all, of the links may not work, and some of the content is … questionable. These posts are mostly here for my own sake, but feel free to read through them.
Original post by Disco Dan:
You ever known someone who never really says much, and when they do, it’s not usually something anyone really cares about, and it’s more for the sake of hearing themselves speak (or seeing their text on a screen, as the case may be)? And have you ever known one of these people who jumps at every opportunity to argue and then rollicks in their own victory as if they’ve acheived anything more than alienating themselves from society in general?
Let me post an example. Keep in mind that the identity of the individual I am using as an example has been changed to “angrygeek” for the sake of anonymity.
<DiscoDan> the Dixie Chicks, whose music I hate, were on tour in europe, and said that they were ashamed to come from texas because of this whole thing
<DiscoDan> and so coutry stations stopped playing their music
<DiscoDan> YAY FOR FREE SPEECH!!!
<angrygeek> how is that not free speech
<angrygeek> they didn’t get shot for it.
<Dragonking> wohoo, now if only we could get people like jennifer lopez to say the same thing we would be on our way to true world peace
<DiscoDan> good point
<DiscoDan> shut up angrygeek. stop trying to make trouble. go back to you hole
<DiscoDan> your hole
<angrygeek> when you speak controversially, or against the ideas of the majority, you risk the consequences of people being pissed at you
<angrygeek> discodan: sorry, you’d have to do a lot more than that for me to ‘go back to my hole’
<DiscoDan> but censorship is sort of old-fashioned
<angrygeek> discodan: how is it censorship?
<Dragonking> a hole? angrygeek must be from afghanistan
<Dragonking> buddum ching!
<angrygeek> they can still say whatever they want, whenever they want
<DiscoDan> stopping playing their music? radio stations, stopping playing their music because they don’t like what the group said?
<DiscoDan> I’m not talking about the Dixie Chicks
<DiscoDan> I’m talking about the radio stations that banned their music
<angrygeek> news flash, that’s called selective playlisting
<DiscoDan> simply because they stated an opinion
<DiscoDan> yeah, ok, you’re pretty much pointless to argue with. Have fun.
<angrygeek> discodan: if you think it’s about ‘opinion’ or crap like that, you’re deluded.
<angrygeek> most country music listeners are hicks from georgia who WOULD shoot you if you said that, so, they’r enot going to want to hear, or buy, music from said people
<angrygeek> hence, pulling it from radio rotation to avoid bad image and loss of $
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<angrygeek> in conclusion, you’re an idiot and are looking way too deep.
<DiscoDan> good. Way to make a conclusion that has nothing to do with my point. But this is typical angrygeek fashion, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised
<angrygeek> what’s your point, again
<angrygeek> OMG LOL RADIO STATIONS SUXXXXXX FOR PICKING SOMETHING THAT’LL COST THEM MONEY AND NOT KEEPING IT
<DiscoDan> yes, that was precisely my point
<DiscoDan> but, you have so deftly proved me wrong
<DiscoDan> so congratulations, you are the smart one here
<DiscoDan> you are right. you win.
<DiscoDan> you’re king of the world
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<Bruk> I got my food handler’s permit
<angrygeek> w00t, go me
<Bruk> not like anyone cares or anything, but whee!
<angrygeek> thanks for conceding.
<Dragonking> angrygeek, im just curious, are you arguing that the radio stations have stopped playing dixie chicks for other reasons than what they said or that they banned the music intelligently because it would cost them ratings and money?
<Bruk> uh oh
<Bruk> I came at a bad time
<angrygeek> also: bruk, congratulations, food handler stuff is hard to not sleep through
<Nacostradamus> naco goes away
<Nacostradamus> have much fun with teh arguments
<Nacostradamus> time for xeno
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<angrygeek> dragonking: they stopped playing it because 99% of their audience would be pissed by statements such as “i’m embarassed to be from texas” which would directly translate to loss of appeal and sales
<angrygeek> discodan is looking way, way, way too hard and trying to say that they pulled it because they’re trying to CENSOR and REMOVE FREE SPEECH
<angrygeek> when noone has ever guaranteed that your opinions have to get equal press all over everywhere
<Dragonking> true, but do you see that as correct? forget about it being a smart business move, but do you feel thats morally just?
<angrygeek> how does that have anythign to do with morals?
<angrygeek> stop looking so hard.
<Dragonking> so hard how?
<angrygeek> morals, feelings, etc, etc, never entered the picture
<Dragonking> are radio stations run by robots?
<angrygeek> i can almost guarantee it was pure buisness.
<Dragonking> there are people running them who have opinions
<Dragonking> and feelings
<Dragonking> and morals
<Dragonking> and to think taht they dont affect their decisions isnt very prudent
<angrygeek> i can guarantee almost to a certainty that execs care more about buisness than imposing their personal beliefs on everyone
<angrygeek> and if they do care, their beliefs most likely consist of “i believe i should make more money than everyone else”
<Dragonking> a point well taken. alrighty then, t’was all i wanted to know. :) now back to the news!
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<angrygeek> i’m on FIRE.
<angrygeek> 2 wins in a row, go me
<angrygeek> (although discodan is over there brooding and being pissy because i was right and he didn’t have anything to challenge me with)
So you can see that the individual in question took great pride in his “victory.” He obviously felt that he had “won” something and could now put it on his list of accomplishments in life. Let’s look at a more brief and more recent example of his greatness:
<DiscoDan> ah the mixed blessing of university internet service
<DiscoDan> unlimited high speed internet, and big brother at your back
<angrygeek> if you didn’t DL pron or warez, you’d have nothing to worry about from ‘big brother’
<angrygeek> (i put it in quotes, as the idea of big brother is completely inapplicable to universities, who have every right ever to monitor and guard your access to their servers and bandwidth. i won this one without DD saying ANYTHING.)
Now, I post his and my text as they appeared in the original conversation, but I cut out the things that other people said in between since they were essentially part of a different conversation or were not directly pertinent to this one. However, I guess my real question is what is gained by this sort of behavior? Is there truly a sense of accomplishment and victory in these sorts of situations? Does one look away from the monitor after “winning” take in one’s surroundings and feel better about oneself because of this? I am unable to answer this. But it strikes me as interesting that this behavior is consistent and predictable. Ah well, perhaps I should just not talk, and maybe he would have no need to respond? Possibly.
But I think we can all be part of the bigger solution by solving these problems before they get out of hand. So if you know someone like this in person, give them a good punch in the mouth (even if they haven’t said anything!) and tell ‘em “DiscoDan says, ‘Shut up. No one cares.’”
Thanks and God bless,