I’ve spent the last couple of days weathering the shit-storm by playing video games and drinking whiskey, with the occasional stint to soundpony and a pretty sweet delta spirit/mmj show last night, just to keep my mind off of wanting to reply to every detractor I’ve come across. It turns out that writing an off-the-cuff retort to a pity local issue will spread like wildfire. On the other hand, amassing mounds of literature and spending days writing an article on an important political or philosophical subject will only be read by 50 people, all of whom you know personally. The biggest difference between your friends reading the things you write and a few thousand people you don’t know reading the things you write is the anonymity involved in the dialogue that follows.
Keep in mind, most of my friends are cynical assholes who have no problem telling you what they think about you or anything you’ve done, so I’m no stranger to direct criticism. What I am a bit new to is scouring various websites containing my words and learning that while many of my peers agreed with what I had to say, just as many definitely did not and are complete assholes about it just like I am.
The Tulsa Egotist and This Land both made mention of it in a favorable or at least neutral light, the latter sticking with the “Outsiders” theme and both with some good user comments on the issue. The Tulsa sub-reddit had a nice little thread going for a bit which I enjoyed mostly because kids on Reddit are always so damn clever. Then there’s facebook. Jeff Richardson, of Hardwork Records fame, had some great dialogue on his page, complete with a reply he petitioned from Blake as well as a nice piece by another blogger who replied from the “Ashleys” point of view. Joshua Kline, a staff writer for This Land, probably had the most scathing replies I could find, residing at the top of his page. That my letter was “sophomoric” (maybe a little, but when is something that incites an internet war not?) and that I’m a “humorless dickhead” (which is not even remotely accurate) seem to be the ones that stand out most. Both seem funny considering the comments in and of themselves are basically sophomoric and dickhead-ish. I guess my pen isn’t dipped in gold, as his obviously is.
All in all, most of the replies I heard where made by the people I know personally and they universally praised the letter for it’s content and its humor, but I knew they would because we talk about these exact issues all of the time. Truthfully, those are the only people I had in mind while writing it (rallying the troops if you will). The fact that so many other people stumbled upon my little website because of it was just an added bonus.
By the end of the day, the short attention spans held by the entirety our generation will have filed this away deep in the annuals of the internet. Neatly placed with any number of low rent scandals and fly-by-night meme’s that are no longer relevant, it’ll have passed just as fast as it spread. One thing that won’t pass I’m afraid is the cultural divide that spawned the whole ordeal in the first place and honestly I’m not so sure that we need to stop talking about that any time soon. Outside of that, I like to think the one good thing that may come of this is maybe, just maybe, my districts city councilman will start to actually behave like an elected official instead of an ill humored and out of touch copy writer/money hungry republican. That, and I’d also like more people to read my blog when I’m writing about something that actually matters. We’ll see.
P.S. We might want to finally remove something from our lexicon. I’ve read and heard the “H” word so many times over the last couple of days that I doubt it’ll ever leave my lips again without a slight gag-reflex quickly following.