Gutless man, gutless answer
Professor, so nice to have you
There was a little chat over at the WaPo today. I asked Instacracker the following question:
New York, N.Y.: Why does Professor Reynolds dislike comments on his site, when by linking to the Transit Workers Union Site, they got nearly a 1000 comments of truly vulgar and racially hostile nature, to the point where the union had to close down comments.
He felt free to inhibit the free speech of others, but seems to be afraid to allow that level of exchange on his own site.
Glenn Reynolds: I don't think I was the source of those comments -- they came from people who live in NYC and were inconvenienced by the strike, and the comments were overwhelmingly hostile before I ever linked. Of course, it was the Transit Union's choice whether or not to have comments on their blog. They chose poorly.
Glenn Reynolds: I should add that it's an odd concept of "limiting the free speech of others" that involves linking to someone's blog
Digby picks up the thread
Boy that Washington Post chat with bloggers sure was fun, huh kids? It's really cool when guys like Glenn Reynolds cojmpletely misrepresent themselves in a national forum. It shows once again how out of control the left is.
My own sense is that it's very hard to preserve civility -- or even a good ratio of interestingness to flaming -- on sites that have high traffic without a fair degree moderation. There's some sort of a threshold after which things tend to break down into USENET-style flamewars, which some people like, but which I'm tired of. I find the comments on Atrios, Kos, or for that matter Little Green Footballs, to be tiresome.
I love open comments, just as I love free beer, free pizza, and other giveaway goods. But I'm not entitled to them. And those who partake, I think, owe a certain degree of civility to their hosts.
Yes, and one certainly shouldn't celebrate such incivility and encourage your readers to participate, right?
December 20, 2005
THE NYC TRANSIT WORKERS' UNION has an unofficial blog, and it's getting an earful in the comments. Here are some excerpts:
[S]econdly, if i could meet the masterminds behind this strike, i'd personally spit in each of their faces. I know fifty people at my campus who now cannot return to their families for the holiday season, and are being forced to spend their break in a hotel off campus until the transit system is running again. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves doing something this stupid this time of the year. Every single worker participating in the strike is extremely selfish and short sighted.
You guys really have a lot of balls. All you do is drive around in circles. Your job isn't hard at all. You get paid as much as cops and firemen, while much more as teachers. Something is wrong. You're asking for way too much here.
I am thoroughly disgusted with the TWU. Who are you to think you're above the law? Who are you to take well-paying jobs (for your education levels) serving millions of people and then hold us hostage by striking?
I have a 16 month old son who will be taken to day care today in his STROLLER. In 20 degree weather. I am paid hourly and will lose today's salary.
But they're standing up for working people!
Meanwhile, Bloomberg has to be asking himself, "What would Rudy do?"
UPDATE: Apparently someone woke up long enough to remove the comments. [LATER: CraigsList removed the link, which was to an item featuring pictures of transit workers asleep at their posts.]
Glenn Reynolds knew exactly what he was doing when he linked to that blog and sent his massive readership over there to flame them. That's within the rules of engagement. But it's chickenshit when you don't have comments yourself. And it's dishonest in the extreme to pretend that you don't engage that way when you do.
Jeff Jarvis: Glenn: I agree with your assessment of those particular sites. I wonder whether that is a function of size or topic or host's tone.
But this is all too typical for Professor Chickenshit. He starts something, then washes his hands of it. He knew what would happen when posted that link. Does he own up like a man and say "yeah, I sent my readers there". No. of course not. He weasels out like the chickenshit he is.
And his answer was a lie. Most New Yorkers supported the strikers in real life. But online, it was Stormfront Central and Professor Chickenshit sent his merry fucktards on their way, distorting the reality of the situation.
When I sent people to write Professor Chickenshit's boss, I put may name to it. Too bad he has to hide behind his readers.
posted by Steve @ 4:57:00 PM