• Dear Internet,

    December 20, 2014

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    Posted in: Other Ideas




    We need to talk.

    Please stop making me hate you. We once had it all. It was fun, no, transcendent.

    You did not blast video ads at me everytime I went to one of your sites. You did not force me to watch a video ad first to see you. You did not make me chase a moving box around the screen to click the damn X so I could see you. Same for surveys and feedback. Maybe it’s different, but annoying me seems a poor sales strategy.

    You didn’t used to treat me as stupid. You didn’t try and trick me into clicking on a link, which only revealed another link, so that you could engage in some sort of weird contest to have “more [pointless] clicks.” You know what? I almost never now read an article that has a number in it, such as “Top Ten Things…” because I know I’ll have to keep banging away to slog through each sliding panel, interspersed with ads. If I forget or am tricked into not opting out of your sneaky attempts to send me email for the rest of my life with no way to unsubscribe, all that just goes to my spam folder as fast as I can assign it. We’re just wasting each other’s time.

    You didn’t used to be creepy. I look at a site connected with some research I have to do, but not something I am so personally otherwise interested in, and I can’t seem to get rid of the related ads that you serve me everywhere. You stalk me, but you are not even very good at that. You seem good at knowing when I am looking into buying something, but not at realizing I bought it and have moved on. That Chromebook? I love it but stop blasting me with ads for Chromebooks weeks later. Also, I am not traveling to Seattle. That was a mistaken detour click. Stop it. No more Seattle ads.

    Also, have you heard that many people look at you on mobile devices with smaller screens? It’s pretty easy to automate a version of your site for mobile use. Many of your pop-ups and all don’t work well on small screens and so I look elsewhere.

    You used to have content and now “long reads” are only a couple of paragraphs. Links used to be the heart of the web, in fact the reason the web came into being, and now many of your sites don’t use them, or only use self-referential internal links, to “keep me on the page.” I often just leave.

    You used to have lots of websites that were created by just people. Now you have nearly only corporate-type websites. Many of those are “aggregators” created by machines that do little more than scoop up other stuff online and repackage it. It is like one or two new things appear for real online each day and the rest is just those two things repurposed on many other sites.

    Does anyone really subscribe to your email newsletters? Does anyone want notifications of “new” articles (see above) blasted across their inboxes? Really, does anyone buy your stuff off of pop-ups and pop-unders and all that kind of thing? Why do you force me to navigate through all that to see you?

    I’m not opposed to paying for some content, but it has to be worth paying for. You can’t just throw up the same garbage and then expect to make any money from me. Also, if I am paying, could you please dial all the pop-ups and such back a notch? Lastly, you know that most of your paywalls are easily bypassed by entering from site from a search engine, right? So basically I’m paying just to skip that step. I am often not so happy paying for just that. Makes me feel like a chump.

    One more thing. I like Twitter as much as the next person. But c’mon, why all the jabber about following some toothpaste company or another pointless commercial, content-free feed? Really, not everything is made for social media, and not all social media should devolve into just more advertising. I promise to buy stuff if you promise to stop shoving into my mouth.

    Anyway Internet, we’re stuck with each other. We need each other. I need you for Internet things and you need me for your money. It can be a fair trade. But please stop trying to make me your customer by annoying me. Thank you.

    Your truly,

    Peter



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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”Anyway Internet, we’re stuck with each other. We need each other.”unquote

      No Peter. I am not STUCK with a metaphor. I use it. It does not use me. In that light..

      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/two-nypd-officers-shot-in-brooklyn-ambush.html

      That is just an example. The Internet did not use me. I used it. I am human. It is not.

      12/21/14 12:19 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps..I just used a random example of info I can extrapolate into anything I want. In this case, I am linking to an example of something I’ve been suggesting for a long long time. 4th Gen warfare. You will see more in the future. When peoples finally realize their only release from supranational oppressions are in single acts of aggression against the State or their particular set of oppressors..some will act in defiance even though they know it will end in their own destruction. Been happening since the beginning of time.

      12/21/14 12:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter,

      A suggested topic for WE Meant Well- NOT

      Dear US State Department, please stop making me hate you:

      “The Daily Beast reported yesterday on leaked emails from the Sony hack which show that the United States government was involved at high levels with the content development of The Interview, especially its controversial ending depicting the assassination of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un. As the report’s headline states, “Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview.’” The emails also reveal that a RAND corporation senior defense analyst who consulted on the film went beyond “blessing” and outright influenced the end of the film, encouraging the CEO of Sony Entertainment to leave the assassination scene as it was (in spite of misgivings at Sony) for the sake of encouraging North Koreans to actually assassinate Kim Jong-Un and depose his regime when the movie eventually leaks into that country. According to the Sony CEO, a senior US State Department official emphatically and personally seconded that advice and reasoning in a separate correspondence. The emails also reveal that the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human-rights issues also consulted with Sony on the film.”

      12/21/14 9:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Foggy Bottom is returning to its original state – a foul-smelling swamp.

      12/21/14 9:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Our clueless leader OBomba was critical of Sony. Imagine how he would respond if a major movie studio anywhere in the world were to make a film centered around the assassination of a sitting U.S. President: especially if a foreign government was involved, pushing for just such an assassination. That North Korea, or any state, might respond with speech-suppressing attacks and threats is not to be excused, but it should be no surprise either. Yet the US was more than happy to help foment a predictable crisis like this, thereby putting its own people at risk. And it did so by surreptitiously penetrating Hollywood to steer it toward using “artistic” existential threats to taunt a nation-state that is such a basket-case that it would only be dangerous to Americans if made desperate by such existential threats. That shows what little regard our “security force” has for our actual security, as compared to pursuing global power politics.”

      Everybody should put their hands up.

      12/21/14 9:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      When is this asshole leaving the White House?

      12/21/14 9:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      12/21/14 9:08 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      oh, man, Rich baby, you’re on a roll dude. Shades of Stuxnet..Hollywood style.

      If people only knew how Hollywood has been a rube AND conspiritor in foreign propaganda since the beginning of film. And not just film. Art. Photograpy. Journalism. Books. Culture wars. You name it. The OSS and it’s successor, CIA, by virtue of it’s 1000’s of front companies have waged propaganda wars continuously. I mean..

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_CIA_and_the_Cultural_Cold_War

      Imagine their control over MSM by now. The mere fact that Cheney was put in front of the camera, again, to defend his war crimes, is living proof.

      And then..ya got State. Fuck. Rich..thanks. I forgot what this site’s prior meme was. sheezus..too much bullshit..so little time.
      Of course..I’m talking to the chorus.

      bartender..give me a shot of WhiteHouseAsshole… and a sixpack of EverybodyPutYourHandsUp.NOW.

      12/21/14 11:48 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      oh fuck. I’m a musician. And I completely forgot…

      quote”CCF and the realm of music

      Many US government organizations used classical symphonies, Broadway musicals, and jazz performances (including musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie) in attempts to persuade audiences worldwide America was a cradle for the growth of music (Wilford 108-109). The CIA and, in turn the CCF, displayed reluctance to patronize America’s musical avant-garde, experimental, including artists such as Milton Babbitt and John Cage. The CCF took a more conservative approach, as outlined under its General Secretary, Nicolas Nabokov, and concentrated its efforts on presenting older European works that had been banned or by the Communist Party (Wilford 109).”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_CIA_and_the_Cultural_Cold_War#CCF_and_the_realm_of_music

      There’s only 2 questions left.

      1. How deep is the cesspool? Really. Matrix deep? ’cause bout now..I’m really wondering.

      2. What would the world be like if Give Peace a Chance become viral?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkZC7sqImaM

      12/22/14 12:17 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ya know, I turned 70 today. Had I known what I know today, I would have changed my trajectory. That’s why I wrote a letter to my GRANDCHILDREN today. Hopefully, their parents will keep it for them until such time as it is appropriate for them to learn the truth.

      12/22/14 12:26 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Happy Birthday! We’ll all be here for many more Pitch.

      12/22/14 1:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Happy Birthday, Pitch.

      Keep the faith and never let the fuckers get you down.

      12/22/14 11:11 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Thank you Rich. Actually..I have some hope today.

      I don’t have a link other than to “-mona-“s comment at the Intercept. However, it appears the New York Times is calling for prosecutions of those connected to the torture crimes.

      Even more important, is a quote from Jane Mayer, of the New Yorker:
      quote”It is clear now that from the start many of those involved in the program, which began in 2002, recognized its potential criminality. Before subjecting a detainee to interrogation, a 2002 cable notes, C.I.A. officers sought assurances that he would “remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life.” Permanent, extrajudicial disappearance was apparently preferable to letting the prisoner ever tell what had been done to him. That logic may explain why no “high value detainee” subjected to the most extreme tactics and still in U.S. custody in Guantánamo has yet been given an open trial.”unquote

      There you have it.The CIA KNEW what they were doing was war crimes, and have done everything in their power, right from the beginning, to keep those who were tortured from ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. And it is STILL going on today.

      I just read the exact quote in the ..ahem.. “torture report”. In fact..I read most of it.

      https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1377107-sscistudy1.html#document/p61/a192790

      If these sub-human savages at CIA and DOJ aren’t prosecuted..Murka is finished as a nation of so called “laws.”

      12/22/14 1:42 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      12/22/14 1:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      12/22/14 3:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter,

      As only a fool would believe anything this corrupt government wants US to, I think it’s time for you to change the title: “Go to Hell, We Never Meant Well”

      12/22/14 3:36 PM | Comment Link

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