|Nothing like a little misrepresentation to make one's day.
>I'll tell you the one that really got me (though the rest of them
>would be enough to do it on their own): when he asked Johanna "who are
>I wonder exactly who exactly she'd HAVE to be to have a right to an
>opinion on a comic book by his lights. Like so many others, she was
>being absolutely civil at the time and he down on her with a hateful
>and awe-inspiringly condescending personal attack.
There was no personal attack. I simply asked one very simple question, the
question that I think anyone who runs a site called Comics Worth Reading should
have to ask: what are their qualifiations, and who are they? Once she
answered, I did not attack, I did not call her names, I did not say one other
thing than to simply ask the question.
Because a site with a name like that is not a matter of saying "This is my
opinion about comics," but rather "If I don't like it, it's NOT WORTH READING."
There's simply no other way to interpret that. Which is, at best, a rather
grandiose thing to say, and I think it's fair to ask, okay, if that's your
stance, what are your qualifications to make that assertion?
Every good critic knows and understands the difference between constructive
criticism and destructive criticism. Good crticism weighs the good and the
bad, and carries with it the implicit understanding that while this may not be
to one person's taste, it might be to someone else's. In other words, a book
might not be to her liking, but it may be to someone else's, so that to say
that, by implication, a book is not "worth reading" because she didn't like it
means that it's fair to ask who's making that assumption?
Show me one post where I attacked her. Show me one line where I said anything
bad about her. You won't. I asked a question. I asked who she was.
So your assertion that I attacked her is simply untrue, unless it is an attack
to ask someone's qualifications...in which case the term attack no longer has
accountable for theri actions
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