Sunday, February 27, 2011
polling the wit
Yesterday’s post caused most of you who commented to chuckle. But not everyone.
A reader was a bit put out at me for -- . Well, rather than paraphrasing (and running the danger of skewing the point), let her speak for herself.
”Why would you think it's funny for one person to call another person a fat cow? Yes, the woman behaved badly - but being unkind in response does nothing but create more ugliness. Seriously.....we have quite enough of that.”
It is a point not easily dismissed. A fellow blogger and I spent part of an afternoon recently discussing the tendency on blogs (especially in comments) for people to indulge in some rather nasty name-calling.
Not the witty banter one would find at an Algonquin Round Table. You never hear things like: “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”
Instead, the verbal equivalent of a medieval mace clutters the internet. “Stupid.” “Dolt.” “Racist.” “Fascist.” All of them designed to merely terminate civil intercourse.
So, I stand in the dock accused of being – “unfunny,” “unkind,” “ugly”? I am not quite certain. But it is my blog so I will appeal to the dear readers to render a verdict.
There are two questions. You will find them posted rather inconspicuously to the right.
The first is: what should I have done about the waitress? Turned her in to see her get fired -- or sat there enjoying the performance (which is what I did)?
The second question involves my next two posts. My stay at the airport offered up a wealth of stories. I have chosen two more to share. But I will warn you. They have witty twists. And I do not want to offend any sensitive souls out there. The majority will prevail.
Your second vote will be on whether to spike the next two stories or to allow liberty to ring throughout the land. (I didn’t spend my life as a lawyer for nuttin’.)
The poll will have a brief (but fulfilling) life. So, get your vote in fast.