I read The Geek’s post and thought, “Oh boy, I’ll bet this’ll be good,” so I raced to a happy little google search and found the original post by Joey Manley and all the subsequent comments behind it. I gave the column itself a thorough read, but sadly it and all of the comments afterwards were written in a strange language that I can only describe as a combination of “Elitist Geek Double Speak” with a healthy dash of “Bitter Speak” for color. A language in which self-contradictions abound and (when written) noses must be promptly thrust into the air.
I am a bit rusty on this particular language (or amalgam of languages) and regretfully I forgot to put the babel fish in my ear this morning so I had to decipher it on my own as best as I could. Near as I could figure, the original column itself expressed a dislike for “dicks” and or “farts” and the happy variety of their accompanying jokes. The column also seemed to take a pretty good shot at “Certain Cartoonists”, but of course sources were never cited. Rightly so I believe. Citing sources is a practice reserved only for professors, high school students, and other bottom feeding low lives. No REPUTABLE column would EVER cite a source.
The subsequent comments following the post were very similar. “Certain Parties” either made themselves known or were mentioned, a few of the larger names in web comics said a bit, and mud was hurled worse than those delicious wrestling matches that happen to come on after 1am. It seemed as though there was a school yard throw-down. A throw-down by 7 or 8 year olds that had vocabularies larger than their thoughts. First one would say, “Joe is a pooh-head”. Then Joe or his supporters would say “Nuh uh! YOU are!”. Then the first would say “Yes HUH!”. Then Joe and or his cohorts, or “ilk”, would fire back a well thought out “Yeah? Well you’re FAT!”
I am of course paraphrasing. Each comment sometimes took several paragraphs to say “poo-head!” in an accusatory manner.
This went on for 5 pages.
In fact I believe it still goes on.
I’m a bit stuck at this point. What on Earth are people fighting for? It seems to me as though we are all in this game together. We all enjoy reading and creating in this medium alike, and thanks to our precious Internet, no one can really step on anyone’s toes or stamp out anyone’s potential audience. As far as I can figure there is a cloud of bitterness against a genre that by definition doesn’t try to hurt anyone or cause any problems. Who thought dicks and or farts could piss people off so badly? I would ask, as many a rational mind has, that folks stay positive and sheath their tongues. At the very least have opinions as opposed to attacks. Don’t place a subtext of disdain, and certainly don’t deny it later. Don’t sink to the level of those who mean to discredit you, and CERTAINLY don’t fall as far down as to resort to “well you’re just a fat drama queen”. Especially when you were LOOKING for a fight. (And don’t say you weren’t, Joe and assorted members of his ilk. You KNEW what the responses would be if you went with the words and tone you chose.)
This, however, does demonstrate my lack of translating capabilities. Joe in one post said, “This isn’t a middle school playground — there are no fights going on. Just conversations. You know, like grown-ups do.”
Well Mr. Manley, if these are the conversations grown-ups have, I pray I never grow into one.