AOL and Wingnuts

Posted by: on Sep 20, 2005 | No Comments

What is it with AOL and wingnuts? (Disclaimer: I used to work for them, so I have an account gratis.)
I’ve always noticed how AOL is just flooded with rabid, even violent, conservatives. It’s the Mickey D’s of the internets, I get that, but it’s still got tens of millions of users.
Just a small sample of tonight:
A poll asking who did a better job in New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin or George W. Bush. 66% went for the Shrubbery. (Yes, the poll is retarded, as it should of really been two polls asking for the performance of each.) A CBS poll has 58% of Americans disapproving of W’s response to Katrina. Why so lopsided?
A story about a Cindy Sheehan rally in NYC being shut down and a demonstrator being arrested for an “unauthorized sound device,” sparked message board threads with such titles as:

  • FUCK CINDY CUNT AND HER LIBS COWARD FAGGOTS
  • ‘BIG NOSE’ DISGRACES SON!
  • Sheehan rymes [sic] with Nazi
  • Liberals will be the down fall of this nation
  • BIN LADEN WOULD LOVE BIG NOSE CINDY
  • CINDY SHEEHAN A NATIONAL DISGRACE
  • Should have hanged the traitor
  • Tired of this Sheehan Bitch
  • ONLY SHOVED A BIT? SHE NEEDS A BULLET!

My favorite? A thread simply titled Whore. Ahhh…. my heart is full.
Sure, there was some more sane responses, but there was a lot of this crap. I mean, shitfuck, this woman’s son is dead, and she’s pissed off. How is patriotic to strip this woman’s dignity?
Is the rise of Nazi Germany not taught in school anymore? Is Orwell banned in red states? Is irony dead?
This shit’s just fucking scary. (And yes, I realize there’s probably a correlation between AOL’s demo and the Right’s anti-intellectualism… but still)

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