FOF #1299 – WikiLeaks Everywhere

Dec 7, 2010 · 1985 views

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The internet is hard to control. Trying to censor something on the net usually backfires and draws more attention to it than it would have ever have gotten in the first place- case in point: photos of Barbara Streisand’s mansion, or Wikileaks.

Today the hilarious Kristen Studard joins us to take a closer look at how CNN is turning into Perez Hilton with its odd coverage of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Plus, all the hot news.


  1. seawall says:

    Kristen’s one of my favorite regular guests now! I totally remember that Family Matters/Step By Step crossover!

  2. Andy says:

    I think the publication of Wikileaks about such sensitive data from US diplomats was wrong. In case of the Iraq war files there was a benefit, to inform the public about what really happened in Iraq, about a war which is unjustified and wrong. Thereagainst the recent publication had just one goal, to ridicule the US.

    I think as long as Wikileaks publish information about someone or an institution/company which did not act according to the law or something which was unjustified then the publication has a benefit for the society and could be valuable. Otherwise Wikileaks just don’t respect privacy and a society without privacy is a totalitarian society. That’s why the German economic minister compared Wikileaks with the former East German secret service “Stasi” (state security office).

    Moreover Wikileas and its supporters seem to be quite radical as the recent attacks on websites from Mastercard and Visa show.

  3. seawall says:

    Also, after an informal poll of my feminist-identified friends, I have to disagree with Lily Tomlin’s estimation of “douche” or “douchebag” as a sexist insult. It may have begun as a hur-hur-smelly-vadge reference among unenlightened men, but seeing as how the marketing of douche was based on patriarchal thinking about what makes a woman’s body suitable for use (hello, Lysol ads from the ’20s!), and how science has proven that vaginal irrigation is largely unnecessary, even unhealthy and irritating, I think it’s reasonable to claim it for wide use as a term to describe unnecessary and irritating behavior.

    So to sum up, “douche” isn’t bad because it’s female-oriented, it’s bad because it’s bad for women! Like “clitoridectomy” or “unequal pay”!

  4. I don’t know what Snopes article you guys were looking at, but according to Snopes, the Arby’s gel/liquid meat thing is a total lie lol

  5. And.. as a feminist, I can understand both sides of the “douche(bag)” argument. Personally, I don’t like calling anyone “douches”, because I do associate it with the perception with vaginas being icky, although I can definitely understand how a lot of feminists have personally changed the connotation of the word, into saying that douches are useless. However, since I feel that definition of the slang term requires a little asterisk when you say it because not everyone thinks of this definition when they use the term, I don’t think that the general meaning of the word has changed, so I prefer to sidestep the word entirely and not use it at all. There are way better insults out there anyway 😛

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