What You Can Get Away With » melanie phillips

The instalment you’ve all been waiting for. Somewhere within these links lies the final secret of the Illuminati. Probably.

The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article – Jay Rosen notes a trend in the press
Conservative coffers boosted in “sale of opportunities” to kids of the super rich – Not really the image you want to present to the public, is it?
Egypt And (No) Democracy – Zelo Street on how various US right-wingers are pushing the whole ‘democracy should only be given to people who agree with us’ argument.
Britain gets comfy as Melanie Phillips explains ‘Biblical sexuality’ – The Daily Mash explains just how people consume the views of “the Daily Mail’s in-house Tasmanian Devil”.
Multiculturalism and the Monkeysphere – On Angry Mob, an interesting discussion about how our worldview is limited by the number of people we can properly know. (via)

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The troll ladder

I wonder if there’s an ongoing notoriety competition between various of the right-wing professional trolls (or ‘prolls‘). Measured on some scale that calculates the balance Twitter outrage amongst the liberati, the number of outraged blog posts and PCC complaints generated, and – for the really accomplished – the number of huffy comment pieces generated in rival newspapers.

(While I’m not sure of the exact mechanics of the calculation, it’s clearly measured on the Moir Scale. Most outrages only normally register in milli-Moirs, of course, though all dream of reaching the heights of a full Moir)

Obviously, though, someone somewhere has the rather unenviable job of calculating the current scores in the ongoing contest and informing participants of their rank. This, of course leads to competition between the contestants and thus, the news that Telegraph columnist James Delingpole is about to be featured on television being humiliated for his lack of knowledge persecuted by the liberal elite for daring to counter their politically correct lies is clearly threatening either the Daily Mail or Melanie Phillips’ position in the table, so they respond by getting her to weigh in on the old favourite of the ‘gay agenda’, knowing that’ll create sufficient outrage to see off the young challenger.

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