“Gay group wants award back from Microsoft,” by Kim Peterson, Seattle Times, 23 April 2005, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002250799_microsoft23.html (from Democratic Underground).
I have written about the Fourth Generation of Modern Politics and 4GP: Stage One. 4GPS1 can involve node takedown — the political assassination of members of enemy networks. I used the Democrat netroot’s attacks on Tom Delay as an example. Once a peaceful insurgency has built up enough strength, it moves into 4GPS2: Contesting the Enemy Network.
4GPS2 involves attacks that try to structurally degrade the enemy network. The example for this is the fallout from the successful attempt to make Microsoft abandon 1515 — a homosexualist rights bill.
Microsoft’s public-relations troubles intensified yesterday as news spread that the company had withdrawn support for state legislation banning discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The legislation, House Bill 1515, was voted down Thursday by a single vote in the state Senate, prompting frustration and anger that continued to build yesterday among some gay-rights activists.
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center asked Microsoft yesterday to return an award it gave the company in 2001, saying the company is no longer worthy of its highest corporate honor. The center had given Microsoft its “corporate vision award,” which it bestows on one company every year.
Also yesterday, national lobbying group Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to Microsoft expressing disappointment with the company.
John Aravosis, who has been covering the issue on his Web log after the news of Microsoft withdrawing support was broken by local alternative newsweekly The Stranger, said some people still remember a boycott organized by gays and lesbians against Coors beer in the late 1970s. The boycott reportedly stemmed from Coors’ moves to screen out prospective employees who were gay.
At the beginning of the homosexualist rights Fourth Generation Politic, around 2001, both sides could be thought of as roughly equal network strength. Both were insurgencies against the legal status quo, which was decided non ideological.
Two Opposing 4GP networks
Each is in 4GPS1, and unable to truly change the other
Microsoft’s abandonment of 1515 was a dilemma for the pro-homosexualist camp. Do they shrug this off, and take the losses? Or do they fight, and risk splintering their network (what Pope Benedict XVI might call “shrinking the faith to strengthen the faith”)?
They chose the latter. Dumb.
Two Opposing 4GP Networks
An enemy 4GPS2 attack has caused two nodes to become neutral (“yellow”)
Additionally, retaliation has made one node friendly to the Enemy (“purple”)
Additionally, severed relationships has structurally harmed the network
One network is closer to closer to 4GPS3, and “winning.” Its enemy it closer to obliteration and irrelevance.