Well, I don't believe I was restricting my comments regarding media to Slashdot. Further, yesterday's post was full of socked up anonymous posts telling everyone how bad Linus is, and how mean men are, and how men are all bullies. Nope, I'm not going to quote specifics on that. You can read through over 700 posts at your leisure and see what I'm referring to.
So what audience are articles like these intended to attract? It should be obvious: People like you. You are the market for these stories. People like you make the overwhelming majority of posts and page views.
Naive or just trolling? Seriously, that statement is absolute idiocy. You are probably the same guy that claims not voting is the same thing as demonstrating your dissatisfaction with government, right? (Don't answer a rhetorical question) Regardless, realize it's the same thing with these stories. If nobody speaks against it then normalization occurs and people _only_ see the propaganda.
If you don't want to see stories like this, the simple solution is to not participate in these pretend discussions. Slashdot profits on your misdirected outrage, after all. If you ignore these stories, they will go away.
Another bold faced lie! I don't watch ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, or any other main stream "News" channel as a boycott and guess what? They still show stories exactly like this one, and drop tidbits of propaganda all the time.
What is the difference between Slashdot and those places? Simple! I can express a countering opinion and dissatisfaction with the story.