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Topix.com: Your news. Your town. Your take. Your worst nightmare.
Topix.com portrays itself as "...the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city." At first glance, the novice web explorer may be lured in to what looks like a legitimate news community. But what they don't promote themselves as is an egregious tabloid site where anonymity reigns. While this site totes your First Amendment rights on its back like a cross, it can also crucify you with the same cross.
The concept is easy. Enter the site and type in your zip code. You will then be directed to a bevy of news topics or discussions. Some are harmless like "The service at Hardee's" or "Where can I buy a used iPhone." Others cross the line. Local community members are constantly being drug through the proverbial mud with slanderous comments and nasty lies.
No one is safe: teenagers, community leaders, public officials. With the biggest catch of all being...you can say ANYTHING you want and never have to take credit for it. You can create an account with any name, any city, or none of the above. Essentially, you can say whatever you like, about whomever you like, and never have to answer for it or show proof.
In small-town America, this is a breeding ground for bullying, hate, and ignorance. The rumor mill burns like a brushfire on a windy day. The First Amendment was created to provide this country with freedoms of speech, but I don't think our founding fathers would approve of someone who hides behind the falsity of a "smut rag."
Visit Topix.com at your own risk and hold on tight to the blades of the ulitimate rumor mill.