If Mike Masnick was really trying to control our thoughts there would be no comments here. What I'm seeing here is a lot of debate on the issue. Other people are asked to state their rebuttals, as you were.
If you want you can go find another website that states opinions that are the exact opposite. Those of us who read Tech Dirt like it the way it is.
Go start your own website and spout your own opinions. I'm sure you would find followers who like it too.