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Good Coverage from a Surprising Source

By localroger in MLP
Tue Sep 18, 2001 at 01:16:42 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)
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Infamous shock site rotten.com has made a surprising rise to the top of my bookmarks file with their surprisingly good news page.


Better known for publishing the most shocking possible pictures of dead bodies, train wrecks, and freaks, rotten has been taking hate mail since Tuesday for pointing out the obvious danger this has posed to civil liberties. The "This Day in Rotten History" writeup for Tuesday has unfortunately slipped off the site (as all "This day" writeups do), but the daily rotten writeup (scroll down to find September 11) captures the mood of disbelief and shock better than anything else I have read.

Interestingly, despite the flood of rottenesque images which must have come out of Tuesday's tragedy, rotten.com hasn't run any of them.

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Good Coverage from a Surprising Source | 15 comments (13 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
Interesting Stuff... (4.85 / 7) (#1)
by Electric Angst on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 12:48:16 PM EST

The responce here on the 'net is really fascinating. Hell, even goatse.cx took down its infamous distended anus in mourning. (I'll try and upload a screenshot later. I can understand how you wouldn't want to click that link...)


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Um (none / 0) (#12)
by greenrd on Sun Sep 16, 2001 at 05:12:14 PM EST

Er... why would people want to view your screenshot if they didn't want to click on the link? :-)


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Well... (5.00 / 2) (#14)
by localroger on Sun Sep 16, 2001 at 10:52:07 PM EST

...after being tricked into clicking on it a few times and being grossed out, one might be naturally cautious of goatse.cx. A different link assured not to be a gross-out might be considered safer.

It is actually kind of funny. In very large type...

We, at Goatse.cx, mourn the unprecedented loss of life on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Let it be known terrorists, YOUR ASS IS NEXT!

Followed by text-only links to what I presume are the original gross-out images; I didn't explore them to find out.

I can haz blog!
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Oh good for them not sucking (3.00 / 2) (#3)
by duxup on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 04:49:06 PM EST

So Rotten.com didn't post rotten images of the WTC. Regardless of their reputation I can't see how they deserve a pat on the back for not doing some potently tasteless things.

Why not? (4.00 / 2) (#5)
by localroger on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 06:15:34 PM EST

I can't see how they deserve a pat on the back for not doing some potently tasteless things.

It seems to me that if someone has been doing mostly pointless and tasteless things, and then one day they not only show some circumspection but do something useful that isn't pointless or tasteless, then that certainly does deserve a pat on the back.

The rotten news page has a bit of the rotten attitude, but it also has a lot of stuff I haven't seen anywhere else. The news page is the point; the fact that they haven't run pictures of dismembered limbs and bodies fallen 80 stories is lagniappe. (And they could prove me wrong on that by posting a big ol' feature tomorrow morning.) But the news roundup is very eclectic and useful, regardless of who happens to be doing it.

I can haz blog!
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A question of priority (2.50 / 2) (#6)
by duxup on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 06:44:17 PM EST

I think there are plenty of real heroes both alive and now dead that deserve attention, rather than the people who didn't do something disrespectful or tasteless.

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And your point is? (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by localroger on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 07:24:12 PM EST

I think there are plenty of real heroes both alive and now dead that deserve attention, rather than the people who didn't do something disrespectful or tasteless.

There are many heroes, and a few anti-heroes, and many more who will own both titles in the weeks ahead.

The point of this MLP is that rotten has put up a unique and surprisingly useful feature, a point which you persistently ignore. The fact that they have shown some circumspection about the victims is lagniappe, a Cajun term used in Louisiana that means "a littles something extra." Rotten did not have to devote their composition, surfing, and bandwidth to a roundup of news which skirts the edges of what you find elsewhere, particularly in regard to the very present danger to our civil liberties. But they did.

None of us know if we would run into a burning building or risk being stabbed to grab the controls away from a hijacker; fortunately, most of us never have to find out. We do what we can. A site that was nothing but tasteless violence pornography has devoted its resources to something more useful. It's a little thing, but we will need a lot of little things as well as some big things to get through this. Obviously you don't like rotten very much -- a lot of people don't -- but if you click the links I provided you will find very little disgusting or horrifying unless you deliberately follow well-labelled sublinks. In their place and with their resources they have done something to become better citizens. And to repeat myself, yes, that deserves a pat on the back.

I can haz blog!
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Woah, Shrill (4.00 / 1) (#8)
by duxup on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 10:31:56 PM EST

I posted two comments, that's persistently ignoring?

I'll say again that I don't think rotten has done much that is very special. A some concerns posted about civil liberties (we've seen that here), content from other news sites, and they didn't post anything disrespectful. Something I would expect, and have seen, from most sites.

Nope, no pat on the back for that.

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And we're only capable of noticing (3.00 / 2) (#10)
by ZanThrax on Sun Sep 16, 2001 at 05:03:37 AM EST

one thing at a time now?

Reasons are not excuses and retaliation is not justice.


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No (2.00 / 2) (#11)
by duxup on Sun Sep 16, 2001 at 05:42:43 AM EST

No, and as I noted, Rotten's nonroten coverage isn't worth noticing at all. Many sites bypassed their usual content with information about the attack. Nakednews hasn't been taking off their close lately, penny-arcade skipped doing their regular comic for a while, nothing original here except that rotten could have taken advantage of the situation. Not sucking when you could suck is not something to be congratulated for.

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Ba ha ha...ha ha (2.33 / 3) (#13)
by Aphexian on Sun Sep 16, 2001 at 05:25:10 PM EST

"taking off their close lately"

Ba ha. How can you expect to be taken seriously?
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They did have some pictures... gone now. (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by natael on Sat Sep 15, 2001 at 04:53:36 PM EST

Interestingly, despite the flood of rottenesque images which must have come out of Tuesday's tragedy, rotten.com hasn't run any of them.
For a day or two they did provide a few images, although surprisingly my local newspaper ran many of the same ones.

Though now it looks like they have removed that content.

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Censored songs (none / 0) (#15)
by spring on Tue Sep 18, 2001 at 09:47:38 AM EST

Check it out. They have a link to a bunch of songs that have been banned from the radio consortium ClearChannel (1,200 radio stations). The banned selections are bizarre. They're banning Beatles songs, for pete's sake.

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