Monday, January 31, 2005

Deleted by Mahablog

I try to read the opinions of many, and sometimes those opinions are quite contrary to mine. Today I spent some time at the Mahablog and found it interesting. One of her posts from today asks readers to read this. It's an essay by UCLA Associate Professor, Philip E.Agre that states that conservatism is "the domination of a society by an aristocracy" and it is "incompatible with democracy, prosperity and civilization in general". Several of her readers left comments about how incredibly long the piece is. I left a comment that was something like: "This from a UC professor? Why am I not shocked? As for its length, liberals love to hear themselves talk (write in this case)." Maha deleted my comment.

Had I been rude or vulgar? Was I completely off-base with my comment? I'm just a newbie blogger, but I thought one allowed comments to encourage the exchange of ideas and have a little fun. Perhaps she lacks much sense of humor. Maha did write this:

Sorry about deleting your other comment. I considered leaving it to serve as an example of the truth of the essay. But ... nah. We know you righties have been programmed to make fun of liberals. Next time, try to be original.

As for "the truth of the essay," she admits that she hasn't read the whole thing herself. Who links to something without first reading it? Never mind.

9 comments:

Vavoom said...

Whoa... that really sucks. I mean, you did criticize UC -- which is a terrible thing to do -- but it's wierd that your comment was deleted.

Jimbobb2 said...

I think that's a typical response from one of that mindset. I just wasted ten minutes of my life looking that blog over and there's nothing new there...pap, drivel, pseudo-intellectual ramblings that fail to ever make a case for the argument and no end point is ever reached. They are a humorless, stern-faced breed and if you don't agree with them from the outset they see no reason to listen to you. The good news is that the Democrats seem to be dead set on promoting Howard Dean to the leadership of the party and running Clinton or even Kerry again...the best news ever for the rest of us!

Julie D. said...

Ah yes, the most tolerant people in the world ... until you disagree with them. (Also, evidently fairly uninformed and not aware of the fact as per the open admission of not bothering to read the entire article.)

thc said...

Jim: Thanks and well put.

Vavoom: Sorry about the cheap shot at UC, I couldn't resist.

I try to be more open-minded than those who would disagree with me and Mahablog sets a pretty low bar.

thc said...

Julie: You are quite right, as always (in all senses of the word).

Vavoom said...

Jimbobb2: "They are a humorless, stern-faced breed..." Take it easy! There's no sense in developing any stereotypes or prejudices...

BAH said...

Check out my blog -- A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT -- when you get a chance. I've linked to two of your posts and I also took dead aim at Barbara O'Brien for playing games with her "Comments" on her blog. She's self-described as a professional journalist and author, even having published a book on poliblogging, but all you have to do is read her undisciplined rants and you'd never venture to a bookstore to purchase it. You caught her red-handed.

thc said...

B.A.--Thanks for watchin' my back! That's a fine post on A Certain Slant of Light that I enjoyed very much and got a big kick that you linked to The Happy Capitalist not just once, but twice. Cool.

There's always something good to read at A Certain Slant of Light--it's on my blogroll.

Sammy Bodean said...

thc: All you did was take a shot... no ideas,no rational argument. Why shouldn't it be deleted?

Julie: once again you make the same "tolerent until disagreed with" claim. You show no evidence of that. Again if thc made a real argument and then was just deleted, you would have a point, but you don't.