Vigdor, Vigdor, Vigdor... > Nonsense. It not a question of simple "envy" or conspiracy theories its > a question of citizens expresing outrage over corporate corruption of the > legislative process. No one is saying you shouldn't express outrage over your perceptions of the legislative process. What I do say, though, is that you catch more flies if you actually *do* something, rather than just getting mad at the fly. There are many, many things people can do -- and, IMHO -- need to do if they want to influence policy on any level. If you are content to discribe an adversary as an enemy, then you will have an enemy; if you can get beyond the black-and-white name-calling and flame-baiting to something deeper, then you can begin to achieve something. That is my belief. Moreover, it a question in thi case of two media > representatives defending their advertisers' practices of exploiting > the people to the maximum. > Here, Vigdor, is an example of what I mean by the limitations of this medium. You do not know me (or Susan Prince, for that matter), yet you accuse us of what, to a journalist, is the most heinous of acts -- mingling journalistic integrity with the aims of advertisers. The very act of firing a shot like this tends to make enemies out of adversaries. It is a mistaken tack to take, Vigdor, for many reasons, not the least of which is that when you attack people whom you don't know, you merely close their ears by your accusations and unwarranted use of the language. I am surprised that someone such as yourself, who has been on this list from its beginning more than two years ago, has not grown more in applying telecommunication skills to arguments and online-interaction. And you, such a proponent of Computer-Mediated Communication! As Franklin once told Paine: "Spit into the wind and you spit in your own face." And to keep the record straight, I left The Charlotte Observer 6 months ago to become project director of Charlotte's Web, a regional community network based in Charlotte, NC. (But, of course, journalists are like Catholics: you can leave the profession but the profession can never leave you. Some might just call me a *lapsed* journalist. ;-) ) Steve Snow Project Director Charlotte's Web [log in to unmask] Flames to me; comments to the list. I still wear asbestos.