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Navigation Nation

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 18,2009 - This comment came from user BlackMamba: "You have a much larger challenge on your hands in attempting to draw attention to your online comments sections: Finding the damn things!" ...

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Those Tolerant Types

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 11,2009 - Ooh, ouch! Looks like City Weekly’s March 5 feature “Two-Faced Utah” hit a nerve—online commenters “peacemeal” and “espalda” are now convinced that our staff writers’ black hearts burn with white-hot hatred of the LDS Church ...

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Wrestling … With Your Mind!

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 4,2009 - Last week’s Five Spot featured Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, known for cot-sleeping and leg-wrestling. How did CityWeekly.net denizens respond?

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Totally [Sic]

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - Here at Rant Control Laboratories, our expertswearing white labcoats and little elseare working night and day to make the world a better place at least the part of the world that comprises the CityWeekly.net comment board.

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The Good Guv

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 19,2009 - Last weeks announcement by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. that he supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples raised both eyebrows (of surprised Utah gays) and hackles (of creepy save the children homophobes). The community needs to heal around this issue, Huntsman said.

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Rocky Rolled

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - There was always one thing that bugged Andersons detractors above all others though: His popularity in Salt Lake City. As Sarah pointed out, Rocky went out of office with a 70 percent approval rating. Why do I get the feeling that a lot of you trolls aren´t from around here? Probably a bunch of sheep humpers from Delta.

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Sunshine and Lollipops

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 9,2009 - Maybe it was the sound scolding Rant Control administered last weekor, more likely, the spate of unseasonably glorious weather we had around Groundhog Daybut recently, the comments on CityWeekly.net have been more constructive and less rude than usual.

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Rant Control | Sunshine and Lollipops

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 3,2009 - Maybe it was the sound scolding Rant Control administered last week—or, more likely, the spate of unseasonably glorious weather we had around Groundhog Day—but recently, the comments on CityWeekly.net have been more constructive and less rude than usual. nKatharine Biele’s cover story about the impact of a planned Rocky Mountain Power substation on a University neighborhood (&ldq...

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Rant Control | All About the O

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Jan 28,2009 - Things have been looking a little brighter ever since the Big O moved into the White House. According to Newsweek, the “o-conomy” may be looking up. There’s a new sense of openness and people are overjoyed that the country’s finally getting back on track. nSo when is this spirit of optimism going to hit the CityWeekly.net comment boards? Online commenters are more oversensi...

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Rant Control | Chafed About Chaffetz

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Jan 21,2009 - Ted McDonough’s Hits & Misses column Jan. 15 made mention of the TV antics of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Chaffetz’ sponsorship of a bill to prevent reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine—but neglected to lavish the freshman Congressman with unbridled praise, drawing much ire from members of Chaffetz’s personality cult. But it was a reader named “Typical Libe...
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