We’ve got a double-winner this week, taking first place on both the insightful and funny sides. The comment came from kallethen in response to the State Department’s strange and worrying attempt to spark a fake Twitter feud about the history of intellectual property in America, and pointed out that one of their prime examples was a strange choice:
Okay, is anybody else laughing at how they picked Ben Franklin as an example? Who, as I recall, did not seek to patent his inventions because he believed all should benefit by them?
In second place on the insightful side, we’ve got a response to AT&T’s claim that people can simply choose not to have broadband. One anonymous commenter pointed out the company’s own assertion that this isn’t true:
AT&T’s own commercial: “Food. Water. Internet. We need it to live.”
Sorry for linking an AT&T ad.
For editor’s choice on the insightful side, we start out with one more response to the State Department’s propaganda plans, from an anonymous commenter who decided to play along:
Linus Torvalds made an open source operating system #MostAmericanIP
Jonas Salk eschewed $7bn and gave away the polio vaccine #MostAmericanIP
(Though as was quickly pointed out, Torvalds in fact created a kernel, not an OS. But the point still stands.)
Next, we’ve got a solid anonymous response to the all-or-nothing debates about “regulation” that some commenters try constantly to instigate:
Very few people supports absolute anarchy and very few people supports regulation that codifies every little detail.
With that in mind:
“pro regulation” and “no regulation” are mostly just rhetorics, with no value for specific topics. They are sufficiently unspecific to rally around like “change” and “make america great again” to not be a hinderance for dumbing down a discussion and beating the adversary on experience!
Over on the funny side, we’ve already had our first place winner above, so we head to second place where an anonymous commenter got understandably catty about constant demands from some commenters that we cover different topics that they think are more important:
You’re free to start your own blog. You can call it. Neckbeards and fedoras. A users guide to the internet.
For editor’s choice on the funny side, since it’s been a very strong week for anonymous commenters so far, we continue with one more anonymous response to AT&T:
As a parent, I don’t force my children to eat the dinner I make. They have options: take it or leave it.
What do you mean you are going to call the Department of Social Services about my starving children…
And finally, in our only entry from a logged-in user this week, we’ve got stderric with a comment for which I won’t supply the context because it works in so many situations where someone has gone on a paranoid rant seeing political assertions that aren’t there:
The post would make a lot more sense to you if you could read it in Standard American English rather than Regional Paranoid Lunatic.
That’s all for this week, folks!