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  •  spent 3 years on FR... (4.00)
    ...before finally getting banned, and i totally agree with your assessment.

    when i first started posting at dkos, i cringed at the constant use of terms like "rethugs" and "goopers". the freepers' term of choice for us was "rats" as in "demoRATS" and i had always thought it was infantile to the point of suggesting some kind of basic insecurity.

    but that's a somewhat superficial matter. more bothersome is the similar tendency towards content-less "here here" and "what s/he said" posts, and the similar reluctance to question assumptions or allow that there can be good faith disagreements. kossacks, disappointingly, love a good straw man just as much as the next freeper, and are just as likely to label opponents as 'evil,' a term that has no place in post-medieval political discourse.

    but probably the most striking similarly i see is the endless tug-of-war between purists and realists.

    btw, there are some big differences also...

    • each side frequently goes ad hominem on politicians, but freepers are far more likely to go ad hominem on fellow posters. the overall level of discourse there is much lower on that account.

    • each side has it's share of sycophants, but this is far more common on FR. people here frequently challenge kos's ideas, while freepers are disturbingly reverent towards JimRob (FR founder Jim Robinson).

    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" -Yeats

    by jethropalerobber on Tue May 24, 2005 at 05:07:20 PM PDT

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