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Parent Article: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
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Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
10 Aug 2004
Flipside, you said two substantial things in your last post--that my beliefs are prejudiced simply b ecause I disagree with you and that the left is trying to promote mediocrity. Other than that, you used a lot of philosophical jargon to try to make it sound like you're saying something substantial. Perhaps you're trying to impress me by including references to Kant and Hegel. I'm not impressed. I've read Kant and Hegel myself. I set more store in the clear expression of ideas that hifaultin references and jargon. The left is not interested in promoting mediocrity--we want to create conditions where everyone has the chance to realize their full potential, something that is often not possible for many people in our society, thanks to poverty, racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. As for my beliefs--well, I'd be willing to engage in dialogue with an open-minded conservative, but you seem pretty contemptuous of anything I have to say, so I see no point in continuing this debate.

Frankly, I think I have probably been remiss in my duty as editor by letting this exchange go on as long as it has. It has nothing to do with the original article, which is a crique of corporate media coverage of protests. If you want to engage with that topic, within the bounds of our editorial guidelines, go right ahead. If you continue ranting about our editorial policy (at least on this thread--the post you made to the newswire is fine), I'll begin hiding your posts under the disruptive individual clause of our editorial policy.

What it comes down to is this. You have the right to free expression. But there are many forums out there for you to express your ideas, including your own website. This is the Boston Independent Media Center's website, which we will continue to edit as we see fit. Our editorial decisions and policy are based on our judgement and feedback from those users who are part of our constituency--that is, folks on the left. The IMC has always been a project of the left--the "Independent" in our name, refers to our independence from corporations and the powers-that-be more generally. You and other right-wingers (or whatever you care to describe yourself as) can post here if you stay within the editorial guidelines, but the IMC was never intended to be a forum for folks like you. If you were more respectful in how you engaged with those of us on the left, I might feel more sympathy for you and cut you some more slack, but it's fairly obvious that you feel nothing but contempt for us--which makes me wonder why you even bother posting here.