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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 |
( 2/07/2006 08:05:00 AM ) Bill S.
A BRIEF STATEMENT OF POLITICAL INTENT – One of the more dubious rhetorical ploys finding common currency on the blogosphere is the "Why Aren't You Talking About This?" tack, wherein one writer attempts to deflate another's writings by writing in comments or an email something like, "If you're so into [blank one], then why haven't you also commented on [blank two]?" with the latter supposedly being an equivalent example of criticism-worthy behavior conducted by the attacked writer's peers or political buddies or something like that. Recently came upon a good example of this approach on Mark Evanier's web blog, wherein a reader attempted to prick Mark with the fact that he hadn't discussed the Danish cartoon controversy even though he allegedly had defended "Doonesbury" and "The Boondocks" from conservative criticisms in the past. Mark's response was much more civil than I personally thought he needed to be, especially since the reader had apparently imagined ME's earlier defense of Trudeau & Macgruder.
While I have nowhere near the audience that Mark's excellent blog possesses, I've decided it's time to be proactive and state here for the record:
If this blog does not discuss a specific political issue or event, it is not because this writer finds said event politically inconvenient to acknowledge – it's simply because he's scatterbrained and irresponsible.Thank you.