Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

Summary: If our luck holds, maybe we won't have to write or read about these nutjobs until 2011.

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Bieber is still beating Assange. All is right with the world.

Ok, so here are the numbers. I've personally written 10 articles on Wikileaks (11 counting this one) and given eight interviews on radio and TV.

Doing a Google search for "wikileaks" on just ZDNet.com, alone, yields more than 13,000 results and if we open it up to the entire Internet, there are more than 416 million results.

That's a lot of Wikileaks.

Now, as a blogger, Wikileaks news is almost like crack to me. No matter what I write, it's bound to generate a response. The fascist anti-war freaks will come out and accuse me of one sort of evil, while the pro-security folks (who are generally much nicer and much more sane, for the record) will come out and accuse me of other random crimes.

It's almost like I can't win, except I do, because every comment and every response is like catnip, virtually irresistible. It all gives me a bit of a buzz.

Sometimes, I tweak the anti-war guys, just to watch them foam at the mouth. It's funny, because I've always been against these wars, but for some reason, these peace lovers are so bizarrely bad tempered and yet, so much fun to annoy. They're almost as fun to annoy as Apple fans.

Yep, I've gotten death threats. From peaceniks. And, well, from Apple fans, too. Eh, it all evens out.

Clearly I'm doing my job. And clearly, Wikileaks is a crack-like topic for almost every other media outlet as well, if you look at the overall coverage, which is off the charts.

Fortunately, all is still right with the world (we Americans seem to love celebrity more than civics). As the above Google Trends chart shows, Web surfers are still much more interested in Justin Bieber than Julian Assange (who is probably rotting in some British prison right now, right arm raised, screaming "Bieber" in disgust).

So, what about you? Are you still interested in Wikileaks above all else, or are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

Go ahead and answer the poll below. If our luck holds, maybe we won't have to write or read about these nutjobs until 2011.

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

    You don't have to read or write about it. Just say no.

    That works, right?
    Ronny102
    • RE: Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

      @Ronny102

      I think David has worked out that if he publishes flame bait, he gets lots of posts and therefore gets paid more. Logic, clear thinking and abstinence have nothing to do with it.
      tonymcs@...
  • "fascist anti-war"?

    I think you are thoroughly confused. The fascism lies entirely on the other side I am afraid, which you seem to represent.
    Economister
    • Spot On

      The value of wikileaks is it exposes the hyprocracy of the politicians and the MSM that props up their lies.

      The MSM would prefer to filter this information, lest we identify the massive incompetence of government.

      Strange the author thru in a very destructive drug habit to support his position.
      Richard Flude
    • RE: Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

      @Economister

      I think David has already exposed his ignorance in a number of subjects. Objectors are fascist and the secret police he favours are just warm and cuddly.

      David is Jack Nicholson, he really believes we can't handle the truth.

      Remember when secrets and lies were a bad thing?
      tonymcs@...
  • Anti-war Fascism and the rest

    Wikileak is nothing more that a payback and a real cold shower for USA both on security and diplomacy.<br><br>For the better par of Its modern history USA have stuck it nose where it never belong. Its guilty of interventionism all around the world .... Wikileak had offer a opportunity to put word and truth on what many already believed .<br><br>When you joke about foam-mouth pacifists .... <br><br>check that the score of USA there are good reason to have foam everywhere . They lied to there citizen to there allied . When your sponsored the assassination of democratically elected official, where it the difference with china , ussr, nazi germany <br><br>Since usa play dirty it should not wrap itself in White drape playing offended virgin when someone or something hit them in the face . wikileak was bound to happen just as watergate just as many other that are in line waiting to happen .<br><br>When you shuffle elbow deep in shiit expect that your hands will smell funny and that nobody want to shake it ......<br><br>If usa would stay home and stop sticking it nose where it dont belong maybe just maybe , there would be a little less terrorism and trouble ....<br><br>That said im not saying that USA should not be allow to DEFEND it self ..... But when you have clean hand of any crime its a lots easier to play offended virgin
    Quebec-french
  • &quot;fascist anti-war freaks&quot;

    vs. "pro-security folks"
    Yes, that is the way to start a polite intellectual discussion!
    Whitworthian
  • RE: Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

    I can't write as well as you guys, but I'm glad there are many pushing back against your support of those in power here. Thanks to economister, Richard Flude, tonymcs, et al. It looks like the terrorists are winning anyhow, without even trying...they've got us spending ourselves bankrupt with worthless security.
    jgs25
  • RE: Are you suffering from Wikileaks fatigue?

    Nutjobs is one thing the wikileaks folks are not.
    nikacat