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Pseudo Politics
August 2, 2000

The water cooler has long played a significant role in the nation's political conversation. Indeed, part of the enjoyment of watching conventions is the post-mortem critiquing of the politicians and the anchors and the conventioneers in the silly hats. But who is going to shoot the breeze with friends if one spent the night before in a chat room, exploring tobacco policy with lobbyists from Kentucky, another was transfixed by a camera trained on the Hawaii delegation, a third was consumed with e-mailing questions to a Webcast on MSNBC -- and none paid attention to a word of the vice presidential nominee's address?
--Peter Marks, "A Convention for Everyone, One at a Time," The New York Times, July 30, 2000.

We decided to look at some of the online political conversations taking place during live Webcasts of the Republican National Convention. Following is an excerpt of a live chat session on Pseudopolitics.com, part of the Pseudo Online Network, on the evening of July 31, 2000. The site is one of several that are featuring live interactive coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions. Occasionally, we come across something on the Web that speaks for itself. --Atlantic Unbound

Entering lobby.
There are 1 users and 146 invisible on 1 servers
Welcome. Please respect the rules of this network No Nuking allowed, No child pornography, No advertising, No war scripts will be accepted here, And NO Trojans. DCC sending of those viruses is NOT allowed.
Network Staff :)
Welcome to Skybox
Topic: Live chat from the sky box at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia, PA
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<Steve1> It is a great time in America to be a Conservative Republican...but it always is.
<ChuckNorton5> FACT: MOST OF GOP DONATIONS ARE INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF $100.00 OR LESS
<big-fred> aikonet can u tipe for me
<patriot> Patriot: Looks like foot-stompin music- wish the audio worked...
<PackyDerm> so, I hear that Greg can drink Josh under the table
<PseudoBot> big-fred: Hello
<Jaxx> nope
<big-fred> algore can you tipe for me
<Jaxx> Josh is here
<PackyDerm> so where's that fat load Joe Conason?
<Gatorman> hello from Fla
<bobcav> hey, somebody tell dayna to wave
<ChuckNorton5> most DNC contributions are from China LOL
<caloosa3> hi gatorman
<LostAirman> Chuck, man ... chill. I can hear you better than the audio feed...
<caloosa3> lol
<DrBill> What is wrong with being rich anyway? I thought we were supposed to be a land of opportunity, if you can make it, use it well!
<big-fred> psuedobot : aello you /as chan skybox message fool!
<ISSAAC> GORE CRIES EVERY NIGHT-WHERE IS ROSS PEROT.
<Gatorman> howdy
<PackyDerm> yes, Golway is most definitely drunk, Jazz
<ChuckNorton5> Lost well if thats so you are in for an educational evening :-)
<deeb> After selecting the video view - select audio - THEN it works
<willie> Hey they found a black Rep. on CNN maybey we should start a tally or a raffle or something
<PseudoBot> big-fred: My you're a smart cookie aren't you
<ChuckNorton5> <---- is a former radio host
<PackyDerm> ask Golway what Observer gay blade society reporter Andrew Goldman is covering in Philly?
<Steve1> Ross is still trying to isolate the sucking sound.
<LostAirman> Education is, really, far more subtle than flaming a room.
<ChuckNorton5> wait you mean someone still watches CNN who could that be I wonder
<big-fred> PsuedoBot: you and JennBot would make a great couple
<internetally> anyone know what band that is????
<ISSAAC> CLINTON WOULD NEVER HAVE BECOME PRESIDENT IF PEROT DID NOT RUN IN 1992
<jflynn> pseudo works great.
<Jaxx> isaac: caps off please
<ChuckNorton5> Well lost I have never been called subtle before
<PseudoBot> big-fred: JennBot r0cks as they say
<Ed> thanks
<LostAirman> I've think you've educated me quite well as to your emotional stability.
<ChuckNorton5> I only use caps when I spit out a verifyable fact
<Tippy> ..
<PackyDerm> question for Josh: what scotch is Golway drinking in the room?
<ISSAAC> CLINTON GOT ONLY 43% PEROT GOT 18% -PEROT STOLE THE ELCTION FROM GEORGE BUSH
<Patriot>finally got the audio----thanks
<ChuckNorton5> I am very stable , But all liberals call people who disagree with them nuts
<PseudoBot> big-fred: So politically speaking what do you think about this campain so far?
<Jaxx> issac: please turn off the caps...it's like yelling
<ChuckNorton5> I am sure eventually they will criminalize even disagreeing with aliberal a crime if we let em get away with it
<LostAirman> Has nothing to do with agreeing or disagreeing with your message ... only the method of delivery.
<caloosa3> chuck they say they are nuts or brainwashed
<Strom> skybox folks turnaround - wave
<PackyDerm> question for Golway: where is that Andrew Goldman society reporter?
<Steve1> The Black Lady on CNN was in the Rush Limbaugh "Limbaugh Letter".
<willie> gee chuck reps. seem to do that ass well hmmm pettern here???
<big-fred> PsuedoBot: i'm for the one guy with the white hair
<Jaxx> Thoughts on Web Journalism and the convention????
<Jaxx> Thoughts on Web Journalism and the convention????
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