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March 21st . . . LiveJournal User Protest Day, and My Response. [Mar. 21st, 2008|05:00 am]
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In case you didn't know, LiveJournal-related melodrama peaked this month. As of today, one lacks ability to create a new account without advertisements.

This Encyclopedia Dramatica entry tells the sum of it.

Anyway, for those that are link-phobic or link-lazy, Americans, as far as I can tell, don't like Russian media companies more than they don't like American media companies that behave the exact same way. Go ahead and argue that SUP is different and somehow more sinister than Six Apart. Here's my approximate auto-response.

I offer a simple solution. There are other programs of similar nature.

No more ads, right? This should solve your problem, oh self-improtant free account blogger. Oh wait, LJ/other blogs, YouTube/other v-logs, and MySpace/Facebook networks are filled with mostly high-school and college-age kids, what was I thinking?!?

I can hear the approximate noise already:

WE ARE ENTITLED TO LIVE FREELY FOR NO MONEY SPENT WHILE MAKING ALL KINDS OF MONEY AND NO TAXES AND WE NEED FAT FREE VEGAN LIFESTYLES AND HEALTH CARE FOR FREE AND EVERY SPERM IS SACRED AND EVERY CRIMINAL SHOULD BE REHABILITATED AND PEOPLE ARE DECENT AND GOOD AT HEART . . .

The idealism bleeds from its orifices here in blogland. The internet feels like a college campus.

Anyway, I'll be around, as usual, blogging as such, and subsequently working against your liberal arts major ideals.

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[User Picture]From: fsfwannabe
2008-03-21 06:11 pm (UTC)
Even as someone who holds a free account, I agree with you.

It just amazes how much a segment of society whines when a free service opts to begin charging. It's their right to do so and your right to get off your butt and find somewhere else to sharecrop.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-03-22 02:48 pm (UTC)

Giving it a result . . .

I noticed my friends page wasn't any less busy than it was on any other day. There have been some days, actually, where the page had less posts than what appeared to me yesterday, so actually I think this service-boycott/protest was a gigantic failure.
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