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Editor’s Note: The Digital Tea Party

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Last night on Digg, a website described as a social networking community, experienced what some are calling a “Digital Tea Party”. Users revolted after site administrators took down a bunch of letters and numbers somehow capable of copying an HDDVD.

I don’t know much about social networking or what the letters and numbers could be used for, but I do employ a stable of homeless people, who write disparaging thing about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and sometimes John Edwards (Edwards is like the Y in the vowel sequence) and post them to sites like Digg.

Anyway, around midnight last night, my hobo companions alerted me to the trouble, and I immediately switched them to writing letters to GOP congressmen to change the age of consent for starring in pornographic films to sixteen. I have an option on the remasters of Traci Lords’s early work.

The result of this “Digital Tea Party” was interesting. The site owner backed down and allowed users to place the code. If I were in a similar situation, I would have followed the example of King George and bolstered the ranks of my site administrators with a team of German mercenaries. The soft drunken users of digg would have thought twice had they been staring down the barrel of a Hessian rifle.

Dr. Ryan Maynard, Editor, Newsblog 5000


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