The Power of the Audience

One of the powerful things about the Internet is providing a voice to the audience.  I just read a grand example of this.

ESPN has an article up about the first day of the World Series of Poker.  The piece, titled WSOP entrants down as play begins in Las Vegas, contains the following:

It would mark the first decrease in the number of entrants at the $10,000 buy-in main event since 1992 and was widely blamed on a U.S. law signed by President Bush in October that cracks down on online gambling.

The law prohibits banks and other payment processors from handling cash transactions from U.S.-based players to and from online poker sites, which prevented many online qualifiers from lining up to play.

Normally, a written piece like that would be read by many.  Some would be bothered with trying to blame a law written by Congress at the behest of brick-and-mortar casinos on the president, but what could be done?

Well, thanks to the Internet (well, really thanks to ESPN for implementing public comments on its articles), biased writing is called out by the audience.  Read the comments for this article.  It is nice to see the ESPN audience not put up with biased reporting.

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