Kiss Hug Shake hands and make up

Kiss Hug Shake hands and make up

: Glenn Reynolds says:

BACK BEFORE THE ELECTION, Tony Pierce was a bit, er, uncharitable where I was concerned. But that won’t stop me from mentioning his new book. I haven’t read it, but I liked the last one.

I got interviewed by a reporter who’s doing a story on blogs and the election, and who seemed anxious to gin up more conflict between me and Jeff Jarvis than I thought was really there. I do think that a few people got a bit excited for a while. But I see blogs as intensely personal. And just as you’d forgive a friend or relative a bit of overexcitability on a key subject or two, I think you should do the same with fellow-bloggers.

Yes, I forgive you, Glenn. Heh.

: Punchline aside, if we can’t discuss issues with fellow bloggers and disagree and debate, then what good are blogs?

  • mfh

    It’s interesting that the reporter Reynolds mentions apparently wanted to frame his story in terms of conflict. It seems like that’s one of the journalistic tics that in the aggregate have contributed to public distrust of mainstream reporting. It’s kind of the flip side of including opposition viewpoints in order to manufacture a “balance” that doesn’t necessarily exist.

  • although i appreciate glenn’s link to my new book (and yours, jeff), how is it “uncharitable” to criticize fellow bloggers?
    i would think that the worst thing one could do is to ignore another blogger – not draw attention to someone.
    with that said im glad everyone survived the election “friends”.

  • Angus Jung

    Maybe it’s your approach? Although I’m sure you’re right, and he’s saying he shouldn’t be criticized at all. Must be.

  • Nothing wrong with criticism. Name-calling and criticism are, however, not the same.
    My real point, though, is that since part of the fun with blogs is letting people ride their hobbyhorses — and not yours — we should cut people some slack when enthusiasms don’t match. The blogosphere is a big place.

  • Heh. Name calling. You mean like saying the whole left is in bed with Saddam? That kind of namecalling? Maybe if you practiced what you preach.

  • What about me? When do I get a shameless plug? You know, the one where if you contribute $25 or more to the Blogumentary Debt Relief Fund I’ll send you a rare homemade Blogumentary DVD, starring Jeff Jarvis among others? :-D

  • Actually, Oliver, I was referring to personal insults. But I realize that you’ve come to believe that the personal is political, and that the political is personal.
    At any rate, you misrepresent my position, which is more like what Anne Applebaum says today in the Post:
    “At least a part of the Western left — or rather the Western far left — is now so anti-American, or so anti-Bush, that it actually prefers authoritarian or totalitarian leaders to any government that would be friendly to the United States. Many of the same people who found it hard to say anything bad about Saddam Hussein find it equally difficult to say anything nice about pro-democracy demonstrators in Ukraine. Many of the same people who would refuse to condemn a dictator who is anti-American cannot bring themselves to admire democrats who admire, or at least don’t hate, the United States. I certainly don’t believe, as President Bush sometimes simplistically says, that everyone who disagrees with American policies in Iraq or elsewhere ‘hates freedom.’ That’s why it’s so shocking to discover that some of them do.”
    It used to be shocking. Now it’s just predictable.

  • Angus Jung

    “Name calling. You mean like saying the whole left is in bed with Saddam? That kind of namecalling? Maybe if you practiced what you preach.”
    Maybe he’s not the one with the problem.