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posted by [personal profile] mouseworks at 07:55am on 14/07/2011
Thing Flail revisited. The first time around, I felt like the whole thing was really jealousy over a new pro writer, with the alleged cause just an excuse to beat someone up. Various hands who were professionals came to the neo writer's defense against the academic amateurs and various wannabes and ex-publishing firm employers. Shrug. The cause simply allowed the attackers to feel self-righteous, sort of like the US's various excuses for using other countries to keep its military in shape. Plenty of writers out there to call on racial stereotypes, why pick a newbie?

The latest uproar in a LJ blog or two is basically one writer whose career is stalled flailing around trying to blame someone for his problems. He's wrong, comes across as crazy, but the people poking him still look like a bunch of self-inflating people of great self-importance.

Good causes are not sufficient to making a good person. And who thinks their causes are bad?

Being wrong because of some craziness deserves more compassion than being a bully because of self-righteousness, at least in my value system.

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