Thursday, June 29, 2006

Rich Elitist Puke-Eating Snotballs to Blame for Coarsening of Public Discourse

The use of the effenheimer on KAR has reached unprecedented levels. A quick ctrl-F search of KAR's front page shows that the F-bomb has been used some 23 times in the past few days. And that number does not account for some of the more exotic variants of the word, or Dementee's misspellings of it.

If you've been paying attention at all, you know about the now infamous ad in the Strib bought by 200 rich liberals that advocated a tax increase on the richest Minnesotans ("rich" being defined as earning over $45,000 a year). Shortly after the rollout of that ad, use of the f-bomb skyrocketed. Never before has KAR - a blog that has never shied away from using salty language - seen such a spike in the appearance of the f-dash-dash-dash word. The following line graph shows how stark this alarming trend has become:

Many observers have decried the coarsening of the public discourse, especially in the political arena. Indeed, if you follow the comment threads in certain other blogs, you tend to see a bunch of people hocking rhetorical loogies at each other, and generally behaving like a bunch of Philadelphia sports fans. Polemicists like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin take a lot of blame for this trend. Some even blame the gatekeeperless blogosphere with its unrestrained bombthrowing. However, this graph shows conclusively that liberal trust-fund babies with much much much much more disposable income than brains are truly the ones who bring out the worst in all of us.

Those fuckers.

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