Agreed. Man on the Street segments ask people what they think of Congress. Then they ask who their Congress person is, or any Congress person for that matter, and well....you know the rest of the story.
icecld2, I see what you did there. But you've gotta be more antagonistic. Good try.
Yes Bob, what I see is a fine line. I don't want the TucsonWeekly.com comments to be a bowl of cold oatmeal. I'm okay with people saying awful things about me -- I find that sort of thing hilarious -- and I'm completely fine with dissenting opinions. That's half of the fun in writing something that's intended to be persuasive, as I generally try to lean with this space.
But what gets to me is the way that malformed opinions can change someone's point of view without actually having quality facts to back them up. Great writing and reporting can only do so much sometimes.
Comments, anonymous or not, add to the entertainment value of the paper. Internet based media is attractive for that reason. I suppose foul language doesn't fly while you're disparaging or ad-hocking on Tom and one should be careful about that. Let the rest fly and let the readers decide. They are j u s t smart enough to sort it out.
Without spicy comments, you'd just be another Bill Buckmaster show or tomato soup. *Yawn*
So, to say that the only problem with La Raza, or The Race, or The Chosen Ones Studies is that we have them in the first place, is disheartening but a worthy opinion.
If you publish anything on the net, prepare yourself to be hocked on and stop complaining about anonymity.
Is this article a waste of space or what? Is this comment disparaging anyone? Who cares? Premise support to follow.........
Your last item looks like an interesting and possibly educational story. So let's have it, i.e., an actual story, not gossipy innuendos about a nameless commenter (and I don't mean you should print his real name if he's been consistently using a pseudonym; just use that.).
How is the commenter gauging 'the loss of anonymity' on the internet? I'm just as anonymous this week as I was last week. Sounds made up. If the trolls list a name, it's made up. If they get the boot, they just create a new account. If the site is able to block IP numbers, they just comment from a different computer.
"Don't report comments unless they're actually threatening or in violation of our comments policy."
But what you don't see is, it disagrees with MEEEEEEE!
I don't understand the logic behind suspending a teacher for wanting to help a student promote tolerance. I would understand the situation if the song advocated intolerance towards homosexuals, but that clearly is not the case. The ignorant pupil who complained about the language within the song should have been educated on how certain words are not harmful in certain context. Policy or no policy, this is an unnecessary action given the circumstances.
I do however understand why the principal from Mesa will face consequences. His punishment was not a well thought out one, it's almost like he didn't remember what it was like when he was in high school. He could have paired these kids up with a janitor who would then have them cleaning toilets or some other task that may embarrass a teenager. The fact that he set them up in a situation where their peers could razz them for their sexual preferences was nothing but wrong; plus it makes him come across as intolerant towards homosexuality.
Bravo, Mr. Mendez, I never grow tired of the exposing of the ignorance of our countrymen!
For those who are crazy enough to believe the paranoid rantings they spew; A classic tune from the late 60's, by a band named STEAM, comes to mind.
Technically, it's Dr. Frankenstorm's monster.
Or, as Wick Communications' Jimmy Boegle would perhaps put it, channelling always something or other Donald Trump-wise, "DC Parsons, take your meds! and get fired. And you, Kristina Bui the editor, never mind that you didn't do your job. It's a student paper. At a school."
And that's why we have the obedient David Mendez...
Received the Tucson Weekly Thursday email today.
Glad to read you have a new opportunity, but you will be missed.
I like your writing and would like to know where you go so I can find your writing online. I finally sold my second home in Tucson this week and I am delighted today to be back full time in Houston.
Martha Vasquez a shoplifter? Hard to believe. If so, I hope it was Neiman's and not Walmart.
As for why people in Tucson seem to care about local news and weather readers, I think it is because there seems to be is so little to care about in Tucson. And a lot of these people don't really have a life, television is their life and their standards are low from watching dancing shows, reality shows, lost airline luggage auction shows, watching paint dry shows. Depressing as the news is, it probably seems more personal to lonely people than the other programs on the tv wasteland.
Tucson talking heads can compete with these shows and when the talking heads smile a lot and stay around a while, these lonely people come to think of them as something stable in their lives, someone who is their friend, dependable...because they may not have any real friends.
It is sad, but loneliness is one of the biggest problems in this country, a country of people who grow sad and lonely and even insane as a result of the fear and hatred created by our government as they do the bidding of the 1%, the robber barons who run this country and do not wish us well.
Religious fanatics fan these fears and hatred.
I would like to offer a suggestion for these lonely people. Get off the couch and get out. Volunteer to help the elderly, to teach children about the environment, to help abandoned animals at an animal shelter. What ever your know or love, share it with others, don't let it go to waste. Every one of us is needed to try to make our country a better place, the kind of place it once was or could be.
Share some love and you will get some back, lots more than you may expect.
I sure have.
If you are interested in the result of the Independent movement [not organized, not a conspiracy, but a trend that in 30 years has grown to equal the size of the two parties], please test the idea that the Independent movement is the cause of gridlock!
The reasoning: Independents, when they were still party members, were by and large the more moderate members who therefore influenced the choice of candidates and prevented extreme ideologues from gaining power. By leaving the parties, elections now consist solely of more extreme partisan candidates, a natural result of having to cater to the remnants of the parties after the moderates abandoned the system.
This kind of thing would be corrected if we had a parliamentary system in which, after being elected, winners would have to form coalitions of different ideologies in order to remain in power. But we don't have that; we are stuck with a two-party system because of winner-take-all elections.
The solution is clear: We are doomed to endless bickering until Independents get back with the program and join one of the two parties.
Today we learned from Wick's Dan Gibson that the Arizona Daily Star is a zombie newspaper...
Ugh, and now the Carreons are crying rape. Combined with the blatantly sexists cartoons Tara makes as a form of "satire" I am disgusted by thier hatred of women through symbolic violence.
The Carreons were not "raped by society." They are nothing more than rotten children who recieved a spanking for misbehaving. Society has the ability to chastise its members. Due to the internet, the whole world can chastise bad behavior.
Diminishing the plight of actual rape victims is pathetic.
"There is now plenty of proof that Matt Inman is one of a gang of people who promote the same type of ideas that inspired Jared Loughner to try and kill Gabrielle Giffords. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who studies hate groups and hate speech, examined Loughner's sites and concluded that his material on grammar, in particular, likely came from the writings of far right activist David Wynn Miller. If you Google Matt Inman + grammar, you will find a similar obsession. And similar hate.
It is a very serious business to send out another call to the Tucson whackos who subscribe to what can simply be described as an "Illuminati" type philosophy to act out their hate on their enemies.
Dan Gibson has a lot of guilt on his shoulders for trying to magnetize another hate response in Tucson. He should be fired right now!"
Posted by Tara Carreon on 07/01/2012 at 1:51 PM 0 likes, 259 dislikes
Not a SINGLE person liked what you have to say... Not a SINGLE PERSON LIKES YOU OR YOUR BEHAVIOR.
I'm a 9/11 truther and it's obvious even to me that Tara Carreon is either a nut or a flake in the bowl of conspiracy granola.
That should have been "just the matter of Satirical Charles' suit against Carreon to try to stop Carreon from silencing him too"
Charles Carreon dismissed the lawsuit, so now there's just the matter of Satirical Charles' suit against Carreon to try to silence him too.
I refuse to believe that the Carreons are real. Their "name," for example, is an obvious anagram. ("Ore Narc!")
This "couple" and their absurd feud with the brilliant Matt Inman (the Internet's, funniest, most tireless advocate of correct spelling) is just another vile libel on Southern Arizona. Obviously.
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