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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:01 AM
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43. I was having a chat with my mom tonight
about the difference between the freep site and DU, and I think the biggest difference is that freep doesn't really allow people to make OP's with their own opinions, or if you do it's generally labelled "vanity post" (whatever that means!), while at DU we're all allowed to post whatever we want. Some OP's are lame, and some are brilliant, but we're encouraged to give our ideas wing, and let them sink or swim on their own merits.

The way posts are sorted at DU is conducive to fruitful discussion and debate, and not the endless fawning "pings" and "hoo yeahs" that the other site considers constructive and meaningful posts.

I think it's a symptom of the conservative wish to stifle individual expression, and I think the OP here is a good example of this.

Reagan's an asshat, but if I saw a waiter wearing a Reagan watch, I'd either assume it was irony or roll my eyes once and think nothing more about it. But either way, the dude can wear whatever he wants, and it's not really my business in that situation to question that.

The siimilarity between the troll barf and the freep mentality is in questioning someone else's RIGHT to self-expression.

And that's the giveaway.
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  -Let's talk about writing styles between smart people and freeper people Rabrrrrrr  Oct-18-05 08:12 AM   #0 
  - It was, by far, one of the stupidest posts I have ever seen.  Midlodemocrat   Oct-18-05 08:13 AM   #1 
  - This isn't a discussion about the CONTENT of that post.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:16 AM   #3 
     - Oh, I know.  Midlodemocrat   Oct-18-05 08:18 AM   #5 
  - The anecdote was hyperbolic to say the least  KitchenWitch   Oct-18-05 08:16 AM   #2 
  - hyperbole - that's a good one! Yes, they do seem to engage in hyperbole  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:17 AM   #4 
     - Have you also noticed that often they do not break up their thoughts  KitchenWitch   Oct-18-05 08:21 AM   #6 
        - That they do.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:42 AM   #7 
  - What did I miss,,, What did I miss....  WCGreen   Oct-18-05 08:50 AM   #8 
  - I didn't notice it at first...  Prag   Oct-18-05 08:53 AM   #9 
  - It's the intrinsic striving for "believability" in the post that made me  nothingshocksmeanymore   Oct-18-05 08:57 AM   #10 
  - Oh, that's another good phrase! "Striving for believability"  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 11:32 AM   #15 
  - Yes, yes, YES! You've nailed it with the phrase "intrinsic striving  Redstone   Oct-18-05 08:51 PM   #21 
     - She really nailed it, didn't she?  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:55 PM   #23 
        - Hey, there have been a ton of great suggestions and theories  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:07 PM   #27 
           - Yes, I'm enjoying it, too!  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 09:12 PM   #29 
              - As I said in a post downthread, there IS a manual or formula somewhere.  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:20 PM   #32 
                 - I think it's less an actual manual or from-on-high mandate style,  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-19-05 08:12 AM   #54 
  - It's like cyborgs trying to imitate humans  El Fuego   Oct-18-05 09:00 AM   #11 
  - A mindset of intolerance is hard to hide  alarcojon   Oct-18-05 09:12 AM   #12 
  - Especially this part:  El Fuego   Oct-18-05 09:26 AM   #13 
     - Yes, another phrase that a liberal would not use.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:13 PM   #16 
  - I am wayyyy to new to commenting here because  chknltl   Oct-18-05 09:34 AM   #14 
  - Or if not less education, certainly INFERIOR education  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:20 PM   #17 
  - They try to make liberals appear weak and easily offended.  antigone382   Oct-18-05 08:30 PM   #18 
  - LOL! Another good point - lack of logic and projection!  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-18-05 08:44 PM   #19 
  - Lack of sentence and paragraph structure  abbeyco   Oct-18-05 08:49 PM   #20 
  - Which "usual freeper mistake" do you mean? A specific word that's  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:02 PM   #25 
     - A specific word.....  abbeyco   Oct-18-05 09:10 PM   #28 
        - Oh, I didn't know you meant to find the mistake in YOUR post;  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:18 PM   #31 
           - No worries....  abbeyco   Oct-18-05 09:27 PM   #33 
              - Especially this big freep-ism of the message style in the OP. I'd bet that  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:56 PM   #35 
                 - I do recall reading (probably on DU) about some kind of  Lautremont   Oct-19-05 12:50 AM   #45 
  - I think it being too glib and pat sets off our radar, plus what NSMA said  Redstone   Oct-18-05 08:54 PM   #22 
  - I just look for the words "fag" or "commie"...  sjbech   Oct-18-05 08:59 PM   #24 
  - It does seem to have an almost poetic meter, doesn't it; if you broke out  Redstone   Oct-18-05 09:14 PM   #30 
  - The style is very ego-centric  in search of sanity   Oct-18-05 09:06 PM   #26 
  - Here's another example...  SIU_Blue   Oct-18-05 09:49 PM   #34 
  - "Damning with faint praise" pops up with unnatural frequency:  Redstone   Oct-18-05 10:05 PM   #36 
  - They're fishing.  TroubleMan   Oct-18-05 10:13 PM   #37 
  - You raise an important point: Why is it so important to them to try to  Redstone   Oct-18-05 10:34 PM   #39 
     - It's like the kid who takes his ball and goes home  TroubleMan   Oct-18-05 10:44 PM   #40 
  - It's always a  DS1   Oct-18-05 10:18 PM   #38 
  - Is the content "liberal baiting?"  Democrats_win   Oct-18-05 10:49 PM   #41 
  - Excellent points being made here.  Dangerously Amused   Oct-18-05 11:42 PM   #42 
  - I was having a chat with my mom tonight  XemaSab   Oct-19-05 12:01 AM   #43 
  - It shares a lot of traits with gossip  Ellen Forradalom   Oct-19-05 12:19 AM   #44 
  - There's often an autodidactic quality to their writing,  Lautremont   Oct-19-05 12:56 AM   #46 
  - I'll tell you where else I've seen this style before  Der Blaue Engel   Oct-19-05 01:01 AM   #47 
  - I remember reading that post.  lakemonster11   Oct-19-05 03:18 AM   #48 
  - "Emotionally manipulative"  slay   Oct-19-05 03:28 AM   #49 
  - So what was the big giveaway?  IntravenousDemilo   Oct-19-05 04:03 AM   #50 
  - re: profanity  lakemonster11   Oct-19-05 05:43 AM   #51 
  - How's this for a comparison?  primate1   Oct-19-05 05:49 AM   #52 
  - "Is it even legal for him to be expressing his views while dealing  Iris   Oct-19-05 06:58 AM   #53 

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