Just some chick.
Give me a few minutes and I'll weigh in with what appears to be an attention-seeking, overly long comment not even related to this post!
By KarenUhOh on The End Of Comments
I'd straighten you all out on this here, but no one's reading it, anyway.
By LondonLee on The End Of Comments
Better to take out your anger on some random stranger in a comment section than keep it bottled up. That's what I always say.
I think his worst fear is that he's boring. Because he is.
By Aatom on Writing In Public
@either_ada This isn't a clean metaphor you're using. It's not a matter of safety in public, it's a matter of visibility. You can stay home if you wish to avoid the gaze of others, or find a private meeting space for a like-minded community. But you can't walk down a public street and get angry when people look at you.
But for it to mean anything, it has to work for the people you like least of all as well as for the people you like most. There is no possible way to meaningfully or usefully divide "the right kind" of disagreement or argument from the wrong kind. As long as you are the one dividing good from bad, you're prey to your own biases, most importantly the one for self-defense.
I don't doubt at all that you want to engage in the kind of honest, rough-and-tumble discourse you say you do. But in my long experience, 99% of writers claim that they want to but actually shy away from the genuine article of real, deep disagreement. So they find ways to dismiss criticism that doesn't come from a small set of admirers and friends, and claim that criticism that actually meaningfully targets their work is somehow the wrong kind of criticism.
You've made fun of me for this attitude in the past, and let's face it, I'm a very dismissible dude, which is my own fault. But since you're thinking about this here-- think it over. Not in relationship to me, I'm just some jamoke. Just think about whether individuals can ever be trusted to sort legitimate criticism from illegitimate, when the subject of that criticism is their own work.
Leftists, God love 'em. . .but they just talk way too much.