As I keep telling you, Encyclopedia Dramatica needs to change it's nature in order to become more popular and receive more in revenue that can be used to maintain the site, and then any projects that ED wishes to participate in. Given that ED wants to fuck shit up in mainstream society, having money to do this will be extremely important. While it is all nice and good to keep doing what we do, why should anyone give a shit about a website that does what we do? There are other websites that document internet culture, we no longer have a monopoly which allows us to extort the populace with asking for donations. If ED goes down, some people will complain and suffer, but most people will just go to faggot websites like KYM or OhI. We need to stand above the rest of these queers once again and apply ijtihad to our purpose: documenting the lulz. By no means am I advocating radical change, I only advocate that we expand our services and utilize our comparative advantages to their fullest potential. We are known for being unbiased (by being biased from all directions) and an advocate for free speech, arguably one of the better ones on the internet. Few other websites can claim that they are banned in countries as much as we are. We need to exploit this understanding of our subculture to its inevitable conclusion: journalism and punditry. We do this very well in the News Subforum, but we need to do more. Because the mainstream media in the United States is endlessly circlejerking about Trayvon Martin and has done nothing to talk about the NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, Trespass Bill, etc. their ratings have NEVER EVER been lower. I am talking about MILLIONS OF PEOPLE less people are now using mainstream media. These people haven't stopped seeking the news, they are going onto the Internet for their news. We are a serious entity and we need to snatch up this demographic. We have everything we need to compete in this market, except the willpower to snatch up this demographic. http://www.salon.com/2012/04/18/attacks_on_rt_and_assange_reveal_much_about_the_critics/singleton/ Now another major advocate for free speech is jumping on the free speech bandwagon, we can't let this not-a-true rapist to snag up the entire market. Internet culture is taking over IRL society, would you rather have the faggots at KYM, 9GAG, or fucking OhI to be the Internet Emperor? Fuck no, I don't and I'm sure you don't either. They are huge faggots and are fagging up the internet and given their growing power, they wills start fagging up the IRL with their bullshit. We need to crush our competition under the weight of our boots. Now back to our punditry: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/04/201241820354554192.html http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/04/201241682318260912.html With the second anniversary of Deepwater Horizon coming up on 4/20, which I plan on celebrating by creating my own oil spill , the situation continues to reveal itself as more disastrous than any other oil spill in the past. BP was originally bound to pay 20 billion dollars in reparations to local businesses and individuals who have suffered, but instead BP has weaseled their way out of being completely responsible for not only their incompetence with drilling, but their negligent behavior in using their dispersal chemicals (which don't actually remove the oil, it just caused it to sink), which are banned in 17 countries, including the UK. On top of that, multinationals are going to (just give the impending lawsuits time) receive more in "reparations" than actual individuals who are now permanently sick (once you are contaminated by these chemicals, it never leaves the body) due to these chemicals. Given that the United States government continues to maintain the line that this food is safe for human consumption, people who are unaware of the extreme danger of the chemicals are going to continue to expose themselves to it. Given that this region of the United States is a large tourist destination, which means that outsiders will likely expose themselves to these chemicals through the consumption of food and water. Not only that, but given that the locals themselves are likely more aware of the problem with their seafood, in order to make money, products will have to be exported onto the global market. One might think that such damaged product will be not bought because people won't buy seafood that looks like this I have two words for you: Canned seafood. I bet that in the coming months that an influx of canned seafood products will be coming from the Gulf Region, as an empowered individual, I advise you to be more dilligant in purchasing seafood products. I expect as this poison is exported and people start getting sick from the chemicals, popular anger against BP and ultimately the government will continue to grow. When the first anniversary rolled around which coincided with mounting evidence of people starting to get seriously sick, I expected that people would begin to openly protest about this, but at this point, anyone who has been directly effected is now too sick to be much of a threat End punditry Now I'm not sure how we should precede from here. While I do encourage discussion about the non-punditry part of the OP, I am unsure how you, the other EDitors, should respond to my punditry. My thoughts are that you should either: respond directly to the event with your own opinion or respond to my punditry. Whatever is determined as more interesting commentary should be how we do ED punditry in the future. However you decide to respond to the punditry, I do urge you to be professional and insightful in your response. Treat this like work.