Over the past couple of months I’ve noticed an increase in the questionable comment on the blogs I read. Some of them are downright nasty and are unambiguous in that nastiness. These are easy to deal with by DEL-ing them. But sometimes a comment or series of comments are borderline. The question is how do you tell if they are wrong un’s. I’ve mentioned before there’s been a noticeable change since the semi-professional bloggers have gone into whatever garret will help them write the Great Novel. And the political bloggers with a hair gone wrong seem to have sated themselves since Obama became POTUS. But there was a time there when you couldn’t comment with a leftish slant on a right-wing blog and as to writing anything right tilting on a left leaning publication you were likely followed home and have your inbox spammed to death; sometimes by both sides. These days the Rep’s in the USA are girding their loins, what for I’m not so certain, but a girding they are a-going. No one, even the most optimistic within that party believes other than all the efforts and cash might as well be burned so unrealistic the chances of a win. Anyway, if the temperature of the blogs is anything to go by, barring something catastrophically unforeseen Obama is there for another term. Here I must nail a colour to a mast. I think that the Dem’s running Obama was a crime against logical politics. I think he was inserted by a cadre of profoundly feudalistic ‘generals’ at the top reaches of that party. And for no other reason than getting a black man within the walls of the W.H. If they had any interests in the wider Dem family they would have found a placeman and run their agenda in all three houses for a 15 year generation. Idiots. So the politicos are not out hunting in large numbers; yet anyway.
I tend to a triage when dealing with comments. The nasty are gone. But if about the content in the post or referring to something within the general aether then you’re good to go. Your basic ‘play the ball not the man’ rule. If you disagree, say so, strongly. But if I decide a comment is bullying it’s gone. I view blogs in that way also. Gone are the days when I will put up with reading some truly nasty blog for the sake of the quality of its writing. Sometimes, actually mostly, you get more good from a blog that isn’t polished to a brittle gloss, but has a good narrative. And sometimes a blog isn’t what it says on the tin and a comment following the ethos can backfire spectacularly. I commented once on a blog about a wedding photo that I thought was lifted from internet. And it turned out the blogger was at this wedding and the bride really bedecked her maids in black. Ooops. In my defence she did say that the blog was mostly fiction.
I will not tolerate any attack on a persons religion or lack thereof. Nor will I read anyone’s blog that cuts in that direction once I’ve ascertained that that’s the way the wind blows. However, a little bit of national chauvinism is good for you. Provided its in good part, and all are in on the joke. But if you get all serious about the Coke versus Pepsi question. Just go away. If you want to argue the symbolism then well and good. There are German propaganda woodcuts from the 1570 to the 1650s that are bound to have some connections.
You’d imagine then there would be no need to hit the spam button. Well, actually you’d be surprised.