This is my first time posting here, so please be merciful. =)
Salon is irritating. Let me justify this statement. Salon's articles regarding the so-called alternative lifestyles try to be one part "edgy," and one part "objective observer." They usually fail at both. There have been several articles regarding certain alternative subcultures/communities which were not objective or terribly informative. In fact, the reporters' biases show fairly clearly throughout most of the articles I've read in Salon. Now, granted, this is Salon's perogative if they choose to allow their reporters to be subjective. It's just hard for me to call it journalism if they do, and if they do then they should have an opposing viewpoint presented.
Most of us remember David Brin's somewhat famous rant against George Lucas, thinly disguised as a pop-philosophical treatise. Another article on the BDSM community was pretty obviously one reporter's five-hour experience with meeting a miniscule cross-section of that subculture. Now we get this article....
Now, this article in and of itself is very positive of both free-software advocates and polyamorous advocates. However, like other Salon articles, it makes some sweeping generalizations based off of a small cross-section. Positive or not, it's a disturbing trend in Salon. (Of course, this rant could be a sweepng generalization! You decide. =)
Did anyone notice, at the end of this article, a link to ANOTHER Salon article looking into why "geeks" aren't "getting any!"
Oh, one more thing that the reporter got wrong. Please excuse the bold, but having known for two years someone who is very adamantly polyamorous, I feel it should be emphasized:
Polyamory does NOT mean free sex!
*sigh* Many polyamorists are in fact frustrated by this lack of distinction. People automatically assume that they'll sleep with anyone and anything. This is so incredibly WRONG. "Polyamory" means, literally, "Loving many," which (as I hope we all know) does not mean copulating with everyone that comes by. It means being able to love (as a husband/wife in a more "traditional" relationship) more than one person at once. There are polyamorous fammilies, consisting of three or more persons at once, who do not have sex outside their family, just like a traditional marriage (except there's more than one husband and/or wife.)
Sorry for the length of this, but Salon does tend to raise my ire. =)
(By the way, anyone else beside me honked off at the dozen or so cookies that Salon tries to put on your computer?)