The other day Paul Fidalgo asked permission to quote something I said on our super-secret backchannel (there is no backchannel, no, we do not talk to each other on FtB; it’s all a lie, pretend no one said anything about it), and I got the distinct impression that he was going to pick a fight with me over it. So I said yes, because I enjoy a good argument. Imagine my disappointment, though, because he ends up agreeing with me, mostly.
So now what do I do? I’m disarmed, I’m helpless, I’ve got nothing to lash out against. Now I’m very uncomfortable. What a devious move!
A certain philosopher who will not be named has taken exception to Fidalgo’s post (he’s “very angry”!), calling him a “bully enabler” who has “written a piece justifying bullying” which makes the “situation much worse”.
What? Telling people they should shut up and listen to other people’s arguments, especially when they have more experience in the subject than you do, is now “bullying”? That makes no sense at all. So now if someone yells at me that I’m totally wrong, and I sit back and think about it and listen to their case rather than instantly barking out a rebuttal, I am engaging in bullying?
I don’t get it. I really don’t.
I’m also baffled by what “the situation” might be. I fear the situation might be something as awful as someone sometime listening to that asshole Meyers again.