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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hey, Internet, shut up already.
I don't like reader comments on news articles. Because I was reading an article in the LA Times today about the possible sales tax increase to fund MTA public transportation projects in Los Angeles and it had a really awful reader comment following:
"2. Only poor will use new public transportation and i am not willing to pay higher taxes for that. As such, if this is come up for vote on November ballet, i am planing on voting NO.
Submitted by: Dmitriy
10:16 AM PDT, Jul 24, 2008"
Dmitriy, you fucking idiot.
For one thing, did you spell your own name wrong? It doesn't look right to me. For another, couldn't you have taken the trouble to proof-read your inane comment before punching me in the face with it? The fact that you have horrible opinions is stinging enough, but must you also deliver it with such horrifying grammar and spelling? "If this is come up for vote on November ballet?" So when you're attending a ballet in November (a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphere), if SOMEHOW during this performance, one of the themes is the sales tax to fund public transportation, you're going to what? Stand up and shout "No?" Oh, I'm sorry, did you mean BALLOT, the action or system of secret voting, you evil, hateful man? I'm sorry, I didn't get your meaning from your fancy, wealthy spelling methods. My poverty stricken brain must have muddled that one up. As for "if this is come up" . . . just . . . what? Why don't you dip into one of your many piles of money to pay for better English lessons? All the better to insult the proletariat with.
You know what I vote, Dmitriy? I vote we disable comments on newspaper articles. I want to hear from the person who went through a vigorous screening process and had to have experience and recommendations and credentials to be published on this site. That's what I'm here for. I don't want to hear from the other goddamn yokels who are reading the paper. I would love it if the comments were a genuine debate of ideas from people, but they ARE NOT. They are this guy, railing on public transportation for the most self-centered, ill-informed, lazily posited reasons I can think of. "I'm not poor, I don't like poor people, this sounds like something that would help poor people." Are you kidding me? THAT'S what you think public transportation is all about? Not about relieving traffic in a city that's choking on it? Not about aiding the energy crisis we're all facing? Not about creating a green alternative that you yourself could turn to? Nope. Subways and buses are for the people who weren't smart enough to be rich like me, so fuck 'em.
And beside all that, have you no milk of human kindness running through your veins? Yes, poor people need public transportation because the expense of owning, maintaining, and fueling a vehicle in this day and age is fucking astronomical. Would it be so terrible, such a burdensome inconvenience in your life, to have to participate in a sales tax increase? Not to fucking mention the fact that this increase will, in actual practice, be a burden largely shouldered by the very lower classes you're railing against. You insipid jerk.
I would ignore the comments, but they're so seductive and right there, begging me to read and hate them! So I want them gone. The internet has given too many people too loud a voice in all the wrong ways. So I want it to pipe down on certain things it has no business piping up on.
"Only poor will use new public transportation ..." Jesus.