JUST AN OBSERVATION…
I haven’t exactly done a scientific study of this, but I’ve noticed a stark difference between the progressive websites and the cornservative websites, at least the ones that have discussion boards. The lefties may require you to register with a valid e-mail address in order to participate in their discussions, but they usually do not (this is especially true of the weblogs). I have noticed, however, that most of the wing-nut sites (I’ve seen FreeRepublic, and I just peeked at something called fuckfrance.com) require a complete registration. The latter one mentioned in the parenthetic reference actually requires potential subscribers to give descriptions of themselves, as the website moderator apparently personally reviews each application for sufficient ideological acceptability.
This dynamic, if it is as prevalent as I am guessing, reminds me of the ‘loyalty oath’ required by potential audience members of a Dick Cheney pre-election fundraiser. These wing-nuts really don’t handle dissent and disagreement well, do they? Personally, I welcome it. I don’t even care if that dissent or disagreement is registered by trolling, right-wing neanderthals who don’t have the balls to leave return addresses. See, I like an honest debate, even if it means I have to spend more than half my response reworking my adversary’s ramblings so that they fit into the real universe (where they can then be responded to).
I understand the right-wing reticence from intellectual opposition, however. Heaven forbid that a thrust of logic or reason should pierce your fetid bubble of self-delusion!