02 September 2005

Comment: Right-Wing Conspiracy?

Not really. But there's an interesting little coincidence going on over at Amazon.com w/r/t Combat Zone: True Tales of GIs in Iraq. I posted a version of my Buzzscope review there a little while back, as I do with everything I review that they happen to sell, and received a couple of negative emails about it. Unusual, but not a big deal. It's a touchy subject for many.

What's interesting, though, is that since I posted mine, five more reviews were posted, four overwhelmingly postive, each one from a first-time reviewer. Plus, my review has received an unusually disproportionate "6 of 36 people found the following review helpful" rating.

I also came across another positive review of the comic that referenced mine, courtesy of the so-called Conservative Comic Book Pundit, who felt my issues with it were because I was "mostly upset that a conservative actually got a comic published."

Um, no. While I might be surprised that a conservative has any interest in the arts, I'm not the least bit upset that one published a comic book. Persecution complex, anyone?

There was a funny, but truthful comment, on Fanboy Rampage awhile back that comes to mind:

Where does the right wing get this constant feeling of persecution from?

You spend enough time persecuting people, you start to wonder when the wheel will turn.
Anyway, this weekend we're celebrating Labor Day, a holiday which, much like Christmas, has lost any true connection to its history. I'm only half surprised Republicans haven't figured out a way to swap it for a National Ronald Reagan Day. Of course, they have their hands full this week with the unexpected opportunity to gentrify an entire city.

Oops! Don't want to inject politics into anyone's four-color escapism.

Prayers and best wishes to all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Peace.


UPDATE (9/7/05): Amazon's customer tracking is always interesting in a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way. Combat Zone's "Customers who bought this item also bought" listings?

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
  • Our Oldest Enemy : A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France by John J. Miller
  • A Patriot's History of the United States : From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart
  • The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President--and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time by Byron York
  • The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell : An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford
  • 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) by Bernard Goldberg

1 comment:

Ryan Murray said...

I have often felt that amazon's reviews are pretty slanted, especially on items that are not really popular. If a reviewer has not reviewed anything else, you should disregard it as it is probably somewhat related to the author, the author themself, or someone from the publisher.