Neon Vincent (darksumomo) wrote,
Neon Vincent

What motivates Americans to act

Here's something inspired by this thread on the most recent LJ is down post on JournalFen. People there are counting their blessings that U.S. LJ users are so far not calling for SUP to suspend accounts of Russian users who are being targeted. In particular, lied_ohne_worte wrote about the last DDoS:
Yes, I recall suggestions to just put everything Russian on it own servers, so that everyone else can enjoy fandom in peace. LJ going after fanart: ZOMG FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Political bloggers under a not-exactly democratic regime being attacked, and LJ actually preserving their freedom of speech: ZOMG WHY CAN'T YOU SUSPEND THEIR ACCOUNTS!?!
My response:
I figured out something a while ago and posted it in a comment to a Huffington Post article on Dancing with the Stars. “America is quite clear about its screwed up priorities­. My experience has convinced me that the surest way to get Americans to act is to mess with their entertainm­ent." Google says my insight wasn't original. In a letter preserved in a blog post copy of a Paul Krugman New York Times article,# Paul Box, Alice Springs, Australia observed, "Mess with people's health care or retirement and they get fatalistic. Mess with their entertainment or Internet access, and you've got war!" LJ down is messing with both enertainment and internet access, so no wonder the U.S. users are grumpy.
*That was in 2007. I swear that I never saw it before and came up with my opinion independently. Second!
Originally crossposted to neonvincent on Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, whichever you prefer.
Tags: internet, journalfen, livejournal, meta
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