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December 31st, 2008

10:06 PM

Don't you just love it...

... when erudite, smart, and intelligent people write 18,999,453,111 words dissecting, defending, condemning, prejudging, and assigning motives to a very short story based on the title alone?

I wish I have the ability to gain that much insight just from looking at a few words on the cover.

The discussion would probably make some sense if some people who are busy talking take the trouble to actually read the short story, no, and figure out why the story is titled the way it is?

Otherwise it's like arguing what animal one sees forming among the clouds, no? Some say cat, another bunch say the clouds are shaped like a dog, and there will be no end to the "discussion".

File this drama under "Why reading comments in blogs can make my eyes roll upwards".
12 comment(s).

Posted by JenB:

I totally agree. I happened to love the book, and I thought the story explained the title quite well.
January 1st, 2009 @ 12:57 AM

Posted by kirstensaell:

Dudes, I got one word for those guys: Context.

Guh, I think I sprained my own eyeballs in that thread, too.
January 1st, 2009 @ 4:19 AM

Posted by Teddypig:

I'm changing my name to TeddyCockSucker.
January 1st, 2009 @ 7:32 AM

Posted by Nonny:

Totally with you there. I posted a comment and am getting the replies in my e-mail inbox. My gods, the lengths some people will go to in order to ensure that Nobody Should Ever Be Offended.

But, this is why I refuse to subscribe to extreme PC. Yes, there are some words which are across-the-board considered offensive and inappropriate ("nigger" for one) but there are plenty of other words that exist in a grey area.

For instance, I think most anybody that knows me moderately well knows I often refer to myself as a bitch. I don't mind friends calling me such, or saying I'm bitchy. More often than not, it's true. :P

However, if some guy off the street starts yelling "You dumb bitch!", you bet I'm going to take offense. Not at the word, but at the intent.

Context matters, people.

I found it ironically amusing that so many people in the thread are insisting that "cocksucker" is universally a term derogatory to gay men, because I've heard it far, far, far more often as a term against straight men and women. I know a LOT of gay people, and in this context... they've said they don't find it offensive.

I think some people just look for a reason to get their panties in a twist. Can't go a week without Drama! now, can we? *sigh*
January 1st, 2009 @ 7:36 AM

Posted by Jill:

At the risk of causing trouble, I have to say I think I love TP, and I vote for BEAUTIFUL TeddyCockSucker. ;-)
January 1st, 2009 @ 7:59 AM

Posted by K. Z. Snow:

Mind boggling, isn't it?

The whole mess finally prompted me to blog about this trend, which seems to be spreading. My friend Ho Lee Zhit encouraged me to come up with considerably more terse responses to controversial posts. Say less, mean more . . . then let it go and have a drink.
January 1st, 2009 @ 8:50 AM

Posted by Jill:

*then let it go and have a drink.*

Which is exactly what I'm doing. I mean, it's New Years, for heaven's sake. LOL. I'm having a rum and Malibu w/orange banana pineapple juice. Want one? ;-) Oh, and listening to the Kid's Roll On.


Happy New Year!
January 1st, 2009 @ 8:53 AM

Posted by Teddypig:

Got my Captain Morgans and Coke and I am staying at home away from the amateurs out there drinking tonight. Stay safe everyone!

Happy New Year!
January 1st, 2009 @ 9:03 AM

Posted by kirstensaell:

I'm at home myself tonight with the kids and a sick, sick dog who is probably not long for this world. Poor dog. :(

Got me some good movies, red wine, and a bucket of KFC for dinner, tho, so I'll get by.

Hugs, Mrs. G, and Happy New Year. :)
January 1st, 2009 @ 9:45 AM

Posted by Karen Scott:

Hey, how dull would Romanceland be if we were all rational and sensible!

Happy New Year Mrs G!
January 1st, 2009 @ 6:48 PM

Posted by Teddypig:

About as dull as sitting around New Years Eve blogging. I swear we need a Romanceland get together with jello wrestling pit.
January 1st, 2009 @ 8:57 PM

Posted by vein:

OMFG--and it isn't dead yet
January 2nd, 2009 @ 5:16 AM