by PJ Jefferson, Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 09:21:56 AM EDT
As some of you may know, I came to MyDD in March, 2008 as a Hillary Clinton supporter, after having decided that Daily Kos had become too much of an echo chamber, in which every rec'd diary was identical to the one above or below it, and where those who did not uncritically support Barack Obama were treated like crap by those who did, regardless of whether they were otherwise good Democrats. From constantly tarring people with the insulting term "concern troll", to hijacking diaries and being treated like a hero by other members for doing so, to ganging up on members who did not uncritically support the favorite candidate and abusing the ratings system against them. The site simply became not only repetitive and boring as it devolved into an Obama cheerleading site, but also hostile to those who did not uncritically support Senator Obama.
However, since Hillary Clinton conceded the race to Barack Obama, unfortunately in my opinion, MyDD has devolved into an even worse echo chamber that Daily Kos. Unfortunately, we have arrived at the same point of repetitivenes and boredom as Daily Kos arrived at months ago. Even more unfortunately, it appears that Daily Kos has recovered a bit, and is now once again a site in which a diversity of opinion can be found, while MyDD continues its trek into echochamberland. For example, MyDD appears to be the only progressive site on the internet in which it is considered not only poor taste, but outright trolling to complain about Obama's latest stance on FISA. Over at Daily Kos, everyone from the front-pagers, to the founders, to the members have complained about Senator Obama's flip/flop on this issue. Over here... well....
Anyway, in my humble opinion, it has gotten to the point at MyDD where rushing in to hijack diaries, and insult diarists with McCarthyist claims of concern trolling has become the rule instead of the exception. It is for this reason that I have decided to walk away from yet another "progressive" blog. As they say, with friends like these........
I want to make it clear that I do not blame the administrators. They have a tough enough job, and its not like they can magically craft the content of discussion around here. No, its the users that move discussion, and its the users that I have decided to leave behind - at least most of them. There are a few users that I really liked around here, and I hesitate to name them because I know I'll leave some out. However, many of the users I liked, who were Clinton supporters that pledged to vote for Obama after she conceded, haven't written diaries in a couple weeks, and are not even commenting in the diaries of others anymore, either. Perhaps they left too, and just didn't feel the need to say goodbye. I'm not sure, but I am sure that I have thought it over, and this is just not the place for me anymore.
In closing, I want to wish all of you that have treated me with respect all the best, and all of you who have labeled me a concern troll... well... I wish you all the best, too. Just because I don't wish to be "in the same room" with many of you anymore, doesn't mean I wish bad things would happen to you or your families.
Have a great summer everyone. Perhaps I'll leave a crack in the door, and if things turn around, who knows. Until then, you'll have to do without my concern trolling.
Peace, I'm outta here!