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  •  OOPS (none)
    thought we were talking about Formalist... my bad.
    •  You May Have Posted It... (none)
      ...at the wrong place, but based on your description, I knew exactly who you were referring to.  And you're 100% correct.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 09:20:01 AM PST

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      •  I wonder if you guys would be this unkind... (none)
        in person.
        •  With This Person, Yes (none)
          After the ridiculous and aggressive pomposity he's spewed at me, absolutely.

          Did you really read this thread?  Did you see how he jumped in all over the place where I wasn't referring to him to be pissy about me?  Did you happen to miss those...oh, I dunno, ten or so comments?

          Actually, I wouldn't have any problem being like that to him in person.  But I suspect he's the kind of meek little worm of a man who spews that shit on line and then wouldn't look me in the eye if we ever met.

          The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

          by Dana Houle on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 09:52:04 AM PST

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          •  I was actually referring to all of you. (none)
            Including the person to whom you refer.

            I used to be a really rude person online, but it became untenable. And I just wonder, if you all were to encounter each other at a meet-up, what might transpire?

            IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU, DH.

            : )

            Just reflecting, at this point. The diary is dead, the flames have cooled, I hope... What makes us so eager to leap at each others' throats?

            Meh. Not exactly light conversation material...

            •  Ask Somebody Else (none)
              Again, if you reread the thread and look at the timestamps, I never leapt at Formalist's throat, it was him nibbling at my ankles all up and down the thread.  Sure, I'll dive in to the fray and start throwing elbows with the most aggressive of them, but I think people would be hard-pressed to find many examples where I wasn't responding to someone who was themselves being rude, dismissive, dishonest, insulting, etc.

              This diary was dishonest and insulting.  Hence, my reaction.

              The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

              by Dana Houle on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 10:08:57 AM PST

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            •  yes, I would be this unkind to Formalist (none)
              in person.  I have been to one such person before.

              Also (to channel Formalist's pseudo-academic talk for a moment) the linguistic norms and registers of an online forum are inherently distinct from those of spoken language, face to face.  It's just the way it is.

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