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Journal Genda's Journal: Somebody out there is TROLLing for trouble...

I looked at the rating provided my last two comments made on Monday, 09/06/04. Each got a -1 for Troll. Who the heck is moderating these and how could either of these comments, in direct response and contextually appropriate to the person with whom I replied, be considered even vaguely a troll.

I looked at them again, the content of those remarks may be inflammartory to some, but only to those who have committed the very acts upon which I was commenting. There's a growing polarity in this country, and it scares me, sides choosing up, and boths believing that the only way America can survive, that their personal beliefs can survive, is by murdering all dissent inside and outside of it's borders. We are powerful because of our diversity. We must again, regain our sanity, and listen to those with different perspective, ideas, and life experiences.

The topic of the item to which I commented was "Censorship". Isn't it ironic, that somebody saw fit to mod me down, hide my comments, drown out my contribution to the greater conversation because he/she was uncomfortable with my opinion and the facts I had to share. That's the other problem screaming to be acknowledged. When our leaders, and all people decide that facts, simple truths, the kind that are self evident, must be hidden, destroyed, or lied about to promote a belief system, their personal world view, we as a culture are in immediate danger. Paving the truth over to justify fallicious ideology is a recipe for certain disaster. It takes a kind of Intellectual Courage, to every day measure one's beliefs against the world, discarding that which is neither sound, nor supported by the facts. I am seeing far too much hunkering down on both sides, protecting ideological turf, with little or no regard for the facts, or the truth. The ends do not justify the means. We are either an ethical people or we are not. Sadly, it seems that more and more, we are not.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that censorship could happen even here, on Slashdot, a bastion of thinking and intelligent discussion. It just points sadly to the increasing breakdown of meaningful conversation and debate in this society. A need to shove one's opinions down the neighbors throat. We need to stop, and look at the world we're making. It's not a pretty place. It's not the kind of place I want anvbodies children growing up in.

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Somebody out there is TROLLing for trouble...

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