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    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Virtual Social Network Conversations

    The following is a true exchange that began with me setting my status on one of those “Networking” sites I belong to as, “Greg says, "People who don't vote are like people with an opinion I have no interest in." It started in the comments thread of that status and then moved to the internal message system and went as follows.

    A: ?Do you have to vote when you don't like either candidate? I think people should have the full right to NOT vote AND complain about their options...

    B: You probably think the presidential race is the only thing on the ballot too, don't you? There's always something on the ballot worth going to the polls for.

    A: Uh, yeah, well, when you're apolitical, why fake it? Would you rather someone like that just vote blindly?

    B: I should also add that my ballot had 8 people on it running for President.

    B: No one makes you vote for everything on the ballot. There are local issues as well as Congressional and Senate seats up for grabs.

    A: a•po•lit•i•cal /ˌeɪpəˈlɪtɪkəl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ey-puh-lit-i-kuhl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
    –adjective 1. not political; of no political significance: an apolitical organization.
    2. not involved or interested in politics.

    B: You seem interested in the politics of being apolitical. I think you doth protest too much.

    A: I'm going to cut off your hand w/my lightsaber...

    B: Bring it, Jar Jar.

    [Switches to internal message system]

    Message header: I just went out there & voted...

    A: ..happy now?

    A: And I cancelled out yours.

    B: Yes, and that is fine.

    A: Well, being in different states, I didn't exactly do anything per your votes...

    A: ...but yes, I voted. I will state for the record that I still would have had the full right to complain if I hadn't.

    B: Well, we'll never know now. ;)

    A: Well, I guess that's a decent point, but my original point is perfectly valid...

    A: NObama will win though - congrats on your support of Socialism...

    B: вы камрад

    A: At least some redneck will [REDACTED]...


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