Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Opposites Retract


Just a quick note: the Facebook debate that was posted here earlier today has been taken down at the request of the person with whom I had the conversation. While I kept his identity anonymous, it was probably a little crappy of me to make so much of it public, so for that I'm sorry.

By the way (and ironically, considering the topic of the post: Tracy Morgan's recent anti-gay comments), this isn't some kind of forced apology. I was interested in allowing for a strong dissenting opinion on the topic and while I disagreed with many of the views expressed by the person I called "Unhappy Reader" I very much appreciated his passion and believed he articulated his position well. But in the end, when it came to the decision to put so much of our conversation on the main page, he was right and I was wrong. End of story.

Sorry, kids.

10 comments:

VOTAR said...

Rather strange that someone with such passionate opinions would prefer to keep them in the realm of little secret notes to you. The display of your conversation potentially brought many important issues to light, letting others decide for themselves which position has more merit, and perhaps teaching people on all sides of the question in some meaningful way. My respect for this person and his very heartfelt beliefs has been diminished by what I can not help now but to see as anything other than cowardice.

djESNO said...

i didn't see it, motherfucker.

Dan said...

I enjoyed reading it, it reminded me of conversations I have had in the past about other subjects.

I would imagine the reason he was upset about the anonymous conversation being public was:

a) This is not his first run through and friends/family of his could identify him through his arguments

b) He realized it really WAS as bad as it sounded. Some of the assumptions and disconnected "logic" are why I avoid certain topics with some people.

Chez said...

Eh, I may try to convince him to reconsider, but as those who saw the debate know, he's not very easy to reason with once he's made up his mind. Having strong opinions can be a good thing, though, I suppose.

Dan said...

Strong opinions can be good ,I am certainly guilty of having them. But to make everyone with a different, not even necessarily opposing, point of view the "enemy" is neither constructive nor useful to your cause.

namron said...

I am not very knowledgeable as to internet platforms, so I am not sure of the medium used for your exchange with "Unhappy Reader." If the exchange was through a private medium such as personal e-mail or private facebook chats or messages, then your editorial decision to post it and then to take it down were wrong and then right. If the exchange was public, through your blog, Twitter, facebook, or other, then your respective descisions were right and wrong

Chez said...

The right vs. wrong of reprinting a conversation while maintaining anonymity is a debate as old as written communication itself. While I was initially approached by him on Facebook, and have long considered that an opening to do with the conversation what I please as long as an identity isn't revealed, that's certainly a decision that I've made without anyone else's thoughts entering into it. So, yes, it's more my fault than his. I still think it's unfortunate that the debate isn't here for people to read and thought from the beginning that much more good would come from printing the discussion than harm, but so be it at this point.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

You're a good guy, Chez.

Chez said...

Thank you, Babu. Just wait til you're saying, "You're bery bad man, Jerry. Bery bad man."

Amy B. said...

Dammit, I hate missing good stuff. If it's who I think it is, you're completely right about him changing his mind. Oh, well.