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matt mash

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Subj: no i got the point....
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 10:02:25 pm EST (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Missing the point entirely
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 03:22:36 pm EST (Viewed 193 times)

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It's not at all about leaving Morrison alone, or about changing anyone's minds. It's about understanding that people who feel differently than you don't need to have their minds changed, anymore than you do for feeling differently from them. It's about being able to state your opinion without feeling the need to insert an "anyone who disagrees with me is obviously a [blank]" clause to preemptively dismiss any opposing points of view.

It's not just you, and it's not just people who are against Morrison. I've seen it a lot here ever since Morrison came on board, on both sides of the fence. It does nothing to raise the level of discussion or debate, it just drags everything down to a shrieking cacophony of "I'm right, you're wrong!". Which doesn't make for a very interesting message board.

And neither does this, so that's it for my soapbox rant. Back to Batman.

...morrison just frustrates me. for all the talk about how it's a good thing as long as people are discussing one's work, i don't recall ever reading any constructive debates about him. it's always one person insisting that it's genius and another saying it's crap.

i haven't been around these boards to see what the texture of the discussion is like, but i get the feeling from past history and from the frustration i'm sensing from you that it's no different.

when i see people discussing things morrison wrote that i consider lazy and uncreative, my instinct is to write something snarky about him, because i can't think of a single writer who gets more credit than he does for work that i find entirely unremarkable and sloppy (not that i hate everything he's done; i like a very, very small portion of his output just fine), and every time i've tried to constructively criticize his work, it gets me nowhere. so it's a lose-lose for me.

saying that "i know better," is merely my equivalent to the responses i'm used to getting from morrison's fans, because there's almost always a perceived implication that people who enjoy his work do so because they are smarter than the rest of us. that's why i tend towards snarkiness on the issue. i just wanted to voice my opinion.

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