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Underdogism: When people turn on a cultural force they themselves originally celebrated until it became the norm, mass, or mainstream. 


Or as Lisa Simpson put it, "You've defined yourself as a rebel. And in the absence of a repressive milieu, your societal niche has been co-opted."


Welcome to being Walmart, McDonalds, and Nickelback, Apple. You're about to make more money than you ever dreamed of. 



6 months, 1 week ago on Apple isn’t seen as cool anymore, but is building the largest megaphone possible to try and convince you otherwise

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I am honestly trying to understand why you're taking it out on people with a label as loose and as vague as "moderate".  And I love the you equivocate "mainstream" with "moderation". 


I am a moderate or probably better referred to as an independent. I have views than span the spectrum right to left, libertarian to pro-government. I am very rarely wishy-washy, unless you call changing my mind when I learn something new wishy-washy. And while I am pragmatic, I don't walk around calling people with passionate principles "extremists". Usually, that's what partisans on one side tend to call the other side. How loving and tolerant of them. 


And by the way, like some of these "moderates" you mention, most extremists ignore their religious, ideological, or ethnic principles and values in order to validate their egos or satisfy some semblance of group identity. From "thou shall not kill" to "love thy neighbor" and so many others, extremists love to posture like they're principled but usually only adhere to their belief systems a tad more than moderates. And in turn, they do their values and belief systems a disservice by turning so many people off them because of their selfish behavior. 


We need moderates. We need people to see the world through the lens of its messiness and complexity. We need people that understand there is a season for every idea and while it might be right at one point, it may not be right at a different point. Lastly, we need moderates to keep us from being a house divided, constantly at war among ourselves, and potentially causing more hatred and conflict in the future. 


How about a compromise? ;-)  You replace your weird rant with "Everything in moderation, including moderation". Happy? 

6 months, 1 week ago on America’s “moderates” are wild, crazy — and more extreme than any “extremist”

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@johnsawyer I completely agree with that. Just having fun with it because it's David Koch and when his name is brought up among certain circles, the self-righteous indignation escalates dramatically.  So I have fun with it... 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of “NOVA” station

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Nice to see an OSU grad here at Pando. Nice article David!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on How 10 years of Facebook design tweaks have shaped the way we behave on the Web

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So, AllThingsD says this will hurt the Buzzfeed / viral sites of the world... 

You're saying this will hurt the traditional / Breaking Newsers of the world...

Why the disconnect?

1 year ago on The Facebook content game: Who will win and who will lose?

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I'd be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on this...

1 year ago on Here come the mediata startups

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@ioowilly @daveplantz Fantastic point.

There are just too many other correlations for us to point to (Economy, variable life-stages, culture and traditions, etc) for us to make a sweeping generalization about the mindset of a certain generation. 

If the economy were to stabilize and we were to wait another five to ten years for millennials to all be in a more similar life-stage, we could probably draw better conclusions about the millennial mindset. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Stop bitching about Millennials

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