Growing up and living just a mile or so from NSA Headquarters in Anne Arundel County, MD, I can't throw a stone without hitting someone who has worked there or is currently working there - including a few family members. I'm too much of a non-conformist to ever consider that type of career path! In any event, I started coming to Techdirt when I started smelling some of the stink that Mr. Snowden and associates are now in the process of revealing. I always had my suspicions and thanks to Techdirt I started to feel much less like a tin-foil-hat type.
After just a couple of visits to Techdirt I was hooked. This was mostly for the reasons already listed - an anti-Fox News attitude was and is refreshing and sometimes leaves me shaking my fist in the air and shouting "SEE, I told them so...."
I come here and share the articles with those that show any interest in real reporting and a desire for real transparency. Oh yea, I also come for my Prenda fixes.
Alright, I have to say this finally. I love Techdirt! 'Tis the first and last thing I read every day. But I've been noticing a trend in my reading habits lately, regarding one of my favorite parts of this site - the comments. More often than in the past, I've been skipping the comments section because of OOTB. Even when his comments are hidden, it still takes away from the flow of the wonderful dialogue emanating from Techdirt! I'd rather he or she simply disappeared, but that's not likely to happen...:-(
My rant this evening is mainly just that - a rant. But really, I wish we all could collectively come up with a solution to this problem. I know I'm not alone in this frustration and I don't want to censor anyone. I guess I just wish there was more Natural Selection left in this world.
Thank you Techdirt, and Mike for being more patient than I am!
Well, since I work at the Peabody Institute, where some of the series was filmed, I will be watching - though I would be watching it anyway, simply to support the disturbance in the force of the big content shildren.
This entire country (USA) was founded on the right to "be a dick", because we could do so without being persecuted/prosecuted. It's damn fine to see that even in this day of "transparency" and obviscated rights, there are those that still remember why we're here!