Why blog anyway? Surely, there are other things to do. This cannot happen without the consent of the victim.
Possible reasons: expressions of narcissistic attention getting; to make money; to educate and inform; for fun; for diversion. There are probably a lot more. Ask a shrink.
I haven’t blogged for a while because I have not wanted to.
There are too many things to say to say anything. There are plenty of blogs to report news and religious scandals.
And the most thoughtful of blogs, I have learned, can be trashed by morons who do not seem to even understand that which they are attempting to condemn. These commenters, with their limited vocabularies. who haunt blogs they do not appear to even vaguely comprehend, can be unconsciously funny.
This phenomenon has resulted in some exchanges with more rational blog readers that are high comedy to readers who understand what is being said.
It was in this context that I learned about “Poe’s Law.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law . Poe’s Law relates to our conversation in that it can, I think, be understood to mean that no blog can possibly be so satiric, so obviously metaphoric, and other things English professors talk about, that some fools won’t actually believe that the information thereon is correct or the author serious.
The law appears to cover those readers who believed that my “Should Males Be Eliminated from the Human Genome?” was a serious proposal. http://freethoughtblogs.com/kagin/2012/09/14/should-males-be-eliminated-from-the-human-genome . That is hard to beat for high comedy.
These comments, and these posters, do not “hurt” me or anything like that. I have been subjected to the scorn of experts and lived. And these commentators, these Masters of One Word, ain’t them.
Readers who saw the absurdity, and took the commenters to task, were, and are, greatly appreciated. They give hope in the uncaring word of the blog. It is for such people that I will keep on blogging.
When I want to.
Poe was a genius.
© Edwin Kagin, 2012.