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  •  This guy Barber is part of the next (2+ / 0-)
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    generation of Limbaughs. In many ways, he is worse than Rush Limbaugh. We need to call these up-and-comers out, early and often, lest they ascend in status unchecked. I understand the disgust, but ignoring Barber is not something we should be doing. In any event, you may had never heard of him before, but he's probably on your radar screen now.

    •  Fair enough, but I don't think you realize (0+ / 0-)

      how much liberal outrage played a role in the rise of Rush Limbaugh.  Media political figures always depend on two audiences to succeed - those who agree with them, and those who utterly hate them.  When people who aren't on their side ignore them, their prospects are limited.  But when they become a subject of debate, they've made it.

      Ask me if I'm afraid. I say, "Of course not. I'm a fool, and fools never die."

      by Troubadour on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 03:11:10 PM PDT

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      •  You can't organize the ignoral of somebody tho. (1+ / 0-)
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        Any knucklehead can break the embargo.

        •  It's a numbers game. (0+ / 0-)

          Guys like Barber are basically trolls, and the exact same behavioral principles apply to them.  Attention = reward, regardless of whether it's good or bad attention.  As long as a community in general recognizes what's going on and doesn't "feed the troll," the few who do will soon exhaust themselves and the troll won't have anyone to feed on.  But when a community as a whole feeds a troll, the participants can play off of each other's outrage indefinitely, creating an unlimited supply of attention for the troll.

          Ask me if I'm afraid. I say, "Of course not. I'm a fool, and fools never die."

          by Troubadour on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 03:32:35 PM PDT

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