Racist Christian "net filtering" yee-haw
July 4, 2007 4:32 PM   Subscribe

It's been there since 2001. The debate continues: is netauthority.org legitimate or a hoax? If it's a hoax, it's one of the most successful web hoaxes of all time. People are still falling for it. (previously)
posted by metasonix (20 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Its a hoax.

There are very few Christian orgs that will publicly denounce interracial marriage.

Publicly, of course.
posted by Avenger at 4:42 PM on July 4, 2007




Kind of like Conservapedia.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:51 PM on July 4, 2007




Literal viking.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 5:14 PM on July 4, 2007 [6 favorites]


Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Posting information or content in any form on the Internet constitutes acceptance of and agreement to the Net Authority Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

That. And what effbot said. And I'm not seeing the "people are falling for it" part.

Except maybe the OP?
posted by The Deej at 5:28 PM on July 4, 2007


"Yeah, I run Net Authority. Yeah, it's a joke."

I'm not convinced. What if that's a metaphor for something. Like a viking.
posted by stavrogin at 5:29 PM on July 4, 2007 [2 favorites]


Here's another hoax site. Right? Please??
posted by null terminated at 5:33 PM on July 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


yes, Null, thats the biggest hoax of them all.
posted by Avenger at 6:01 PM on July 4, 2007


People are debating this? Why?
posted by washburn at 6:36 PM on July 4, 2007


The whois data for that site leads almost straight to the "it's a joke" page. No debate, it's a parody/troll site, but it's undeniably a pretty good one.
posted by wilko at 7:17 PM on July 4, 2007


None of the first three links seem to present it as anything other than a hoax. I'm confused...? I'd look at the rest of the links to further cement my case, but I noticed that the "falling" link leads, um....'nowhere.'
posted by SassHat at 8:30 PM on July 4, 2007


one of the most successful web hoaxes of all time

Psych!!!! Ha!!!
posted by The Deej at 8:32 PM on July 4, 2007


It's a pretty boring hoax.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:17 PM on July 4, 2007


but I noticed that the "falling" link leads, um....'nowhere.'

It leads to a Fark thread about the site, posted yesterday...they fell for it, at least for a while....
posted by metasonix at 11:16 PM on July 4, 2007


Funny how people only see black or white—it's either a hoax, or it's not a hoax.

There's such thing as subtlety, you know. Those on the religious right can satirise themselves. Something can have a serious intent and yet be light-hearted.
posted by humblepigeon at 2:25 AM on July 5, 2007


Anything that can evoke impure thoughts in the mind of the beholder is pornographic.
Have these people never been teenagers? Everything, but like I mean everything — squash, cashmere sweaters, Kierkegaard, elemental phosphorus — causes impure thoughts.

The logical conclusion is that we should delete the entire internet - which idea does have its merits, now I get around to saying it like that.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:16 AM on July 5, 2007


humblepigeon
But....it is a hoax. What are you talking about? Can you show us even a single example of a site designed with serious intent by a religious person but done in this style that's not a hoax?
posted by Sangermaine at 7:55 AM on July 5, 2007


By far my favorite gem in their "database":
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Added: 07/05/2007 - 10:11:05

This website has been investigated by Net Authority, and has been found to be in violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy by posting the following kinds of content:

* Pornographic material
* Hateful material
* Blasphemy
* Offensive political material
* Bestiality and/or interracial relationships
Damn those patents! Won't someone think of the children?

(The sad part is that a site that has "Bestiality and/or interracial relationships" with a straight face can be taken seriously...)
posted by Kadin2048 at 8:09 AM on July 5, 2007


How is this "still" an issue? Because of one post at Fark? Because all of that other stuff is at least 5 years old, man. So what are we left with, really?

A post at Fark.

Funny how people only see black or white—it's either a hoax, or it's not a hoax.

There's such thing as subtlety, you know. Those on the religious right can satirise themselves. Something can have a serious intent and yet be light-hearted.


Allow me to introduce you to this plate of beans over here...
posted by mkultra at 9:25 AM on July 5, 2007


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