…or has the fine art of courteous interaction ceased to be an art and become a rarity- even a humorous one?
As you may have seen in earlier posts, I do navigate the waters of the blogosphere enough to read a little on my interests, namely: motherhood, Christianity, and language. And there is a plethora of pithy blogs in all three areas. I am by no means a superblogger, but I faithfully read my 15-20 favorites when they post. And, like most bloggers, I do like my soupcon of debate- especially in my three areas of interest.
Imagine, then, my consternation with those who cannot (or choose not to) abide by the rules of civilized interaction. I won’t give specific examples, since to do so would simply invite more debate (and no, I don’t mean the guys at The Black Cordelias) . One of the most refreshing things is to find an opponent who is not only worthy to debate, but does so in an educated, respectful way. All of the expletives in the world won’t hide the abyss of ignorance so proudly displayed by the average incendiary troll. What is truly a beautiful sight is the argumenteur par excellence (pardon my French) who can pick apart an argument to get to the root of the issue, without letting fly the emotional slings and arrows that so commonly inhabit the blogosphere. I make no claims to be such a person, only to be an admirer thereof. Rhology is one. And, paradoxically, so is Robert over at The Black Cordelias. Both avoid emotionalism, stick to the issues, and are assiduous in clarity. They are artists.
But sure, you could argue that blogs are “whatever their authors care for them to be”. I’m not arguing that all blogs should be debate-centered, or apologetic, or pedantic. Let’s just say I admire those who can discuss the issues with aplomb.
But I also love cute baby pictures. Go figure.