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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Whence these flowers?

I'm just wading back into the blogosphere now after a three or four month hiatus, and one thing that's suddenly standing out to me much more than it did before is how uncharitable comments on blogs tend to be.

I don't mean my blog or those of other aspiring writers, but those blogs that are somewhat famous within the universe of aspiring writers, those agents' and editors' and authors' blogs that give lots of advice. It seems to me like a form of sucking up. Editor A says in her blog that she doesn't care for this or that little idiosyncrasy that had nothing to do with writing--an opinion she's entitled to, mind you--and then two dozen people line up to post snarky generalizations on the same point, presumably hoping to earn brownie points through their ridicule of whatever the editor wasn't into in the first place.

In other news, get the hell off my lawn!


rebecca said...

Many people are sheep, Joe, unable to think for themselves. It's all very high school and, frankly, highly unattractive. Unattractive because I think one would - as a free-thinking individual - want to think for him/herself and not be afraid to voice an opinion or thought without fearing that one might not be liked or simply be looked over. Our opinions, likes and dislikes, etc., are birthed from our knowledge of life and our experiences. We all see the world differently and that's what makes it so great, so why are people so afraid to speak their truths?

lotusgirl said...

yeah. I've stopped reading most of the comments on those types of blogs. I like to read what tidbits will help me be a better writer, but I'm sick of all the vitriol online.

Joe Iriarte said...


I think what gets me is the show-off-y nature of it all.