Who are the wonks
They're those guys (and women) you see on American TV who always have an opinion on everything. Worse, they apply their opinions to the entire American population (and sometimes the entire world.) Sometimes, rather than spouting their opinions on the feelings of the American public, they spout their feelings on the political climate in Washington (cluestick: the people are not united), public opinion on this or that. It's been a feeding frenzy for wonks recently.
After the day is done, I come to kuro5hin, check the queue, and find . . .
Come on. I'm trying keep from sounding completely heartless here, but it's hard. Look. I've seen a number of opinions shared here (all valid, of course, by the very nature of being opinions), but the thing is, I'm hearing nothing new. When I watch TV, I see the paid wonks saying something. When I get home, I check kuro5hin, and I see people saying the same thing.
I respect your right to voice your opinion, but c'mon.
Nor do I want you to mistake my apathy for a short-attention-span desire for something new. Not that at all.
What I take exception to is the saturation of mass-media with this overwhelming sameness of opinion that I find somewhat chilling. Americans, and peoples of the Western world, united in their sorrow? I find it unlikely. Everyone in America, and in much of the Western world, frothing at the mouth with bloodlust? I find it unthinkable. Yet those voicing opinions would have me believe I'm weepish and calling for the turbans of those responsible.
I'm not, though.
I feel bad for the families who were affected, and I want to see justice done. I really don't want to see Dubbya and Ashcroft suddenly getting their way in the wake of this tragedy (which makes the event seem rather suspect, given that this will somehow, illogically, lead back to Daddy Bush's war.) But I digress.
What I would love to see from kuro5hin, in the words of John Cleese, something completely different. I know there are people here who don't feel a damn thing about the WTC getting destroyed. I've seen 'em post low-rated comments (why low-rated? They're voicing an opinion) so why aren't they posting the differing perspective?
If Afghanistan weren't so damned poor, I'd half-expect someone from there posting something defending the Taliban's position. Understand your enemy.
Heck, I just wonder where the joker with the nick "Osama bin Laden" is these days.
But for God's sake, please stop being surrogate Washington wonks. We've heard 'em already; no need to parrot their opinions all over Web boards.