"If you're like me, you may have thought that France was simply a repository for cheese-eating surrender-monkeys."
I think that crosses the line between a humorous quip and foredeeming mimicry. Regardless of my opinion, I feel ostracized when met with this style of dialogue.
Promoting stereotyping, like the wine drinking, snooty French one, is hurtful. I like to believe the Techdirt is a place where we fight intolerance and closedness with critical analysis, not condescending sarcasm (whether it's ironic or not).
That it's called what it is at the end of the article does little to assuage the feeling of being an outsider.
"Anyone who understands the internet knows that it runs on fundamental principles of neutrality." This, to me, implies "You're either with us or an idiot".
The irony is that this is an article about neutrality.
I'm starting to think that Techdirt cares less about informing and more about preaching to the choir.
Techdirt is an internet news source that I still respect, for now. Please, in the fight against internet ignorance continue to inform, not attack. We musn't become the finger pointing, one-sided lemmings that we fight so hard against.