For more info check out my earlier posts on the subject. In summary, it seems that since I don’t use my real name on this site, nothing I say is worthwhile. The discussion devolved into a debate about the value of a pseudonymous identity and the relative merits of message boards and blogs.
Today, instead of replying to my points about the Apache video or even replying to my points about the pseudonym issue or the board/blog issue, he gave me a list of questions to answer and told me he was going to nominate me for a Chickenhawk Award or some such thing.
I don’t know the guy or much about him (despite the presence of his real name), but I imagine I’ve been called much worse by far better. Maybe not. I don’t really care.
My final reply this morning was:
Post subject: When logic fails resort to name-calling
Interesting that you seem so obsessed with who I am and not what I say.
I thought that was exactly the sort of thinking that message boards (and even blogs, for that matter) were supposed to do away with if the writing and the discussion was of a quality level.
But attack the messenger if you like. He doesn’t care.
Basically because you have barely acknowledged any of the issue-related points I raised, and when you did you simply fired back abstract observations and ridiculous comparisons, I’m moving on.
As Reality says, I need to get a life.
Thanks for allowing me to play for a while.
I won’t be returning.
One other point. In an earlier question (that went totally unacknowledged) I asked if there was any value to the Federalist Papers, TOM SAWYER, or Prince’s music since they were all published pseudonymously. I was was thinking “Sting” when I wrote “Prince”, an error I would have corrected in the discussion if the discussion had not degenerated to name-calling. Although not nearly as valuable as correcting my mistake on the actual forum where it was made, it seems clear that rational discussion isn’t welcome there. at least where Murdoc is concerned.
(Besides, though I personally believe that Prince is the musical genius of our generation, I wouldn’t have intentionally listed his music (funky though he may be) along with the Federalist Papers and TOM SAWYER. It was a simple mistake on my part, but I have no idea what made me make it.)
I’m not really suggesting you go check out the board, though you are more than welcome to do so if you wish. I believe I was more than fair, but maybe I wasn’t. Anyway, I post the link and the text of my post for archival purposes and as a signal that I’m through with it. I won’t be going back unless someone gives me a compelling reason to do so.
My dad tells me that there’s no talking to some people. I usually disagree with him. I hate it when he’s right.