Banned Books Week blog going live, a pending comment awaited me. The writer wanted me to post a particular link to "balance" my coverage of the event.
And I had to decide: post the comment or not?
A few years ago, I received a comment on a similar blog entry, which I thought only fair to post.
year I received a comment from the same person, only this time he was
more terse and provided the same URL. This time, this blogger informed
me that someone more prestigious than I had a different opinion I needed
In turn, I was less conciliatory, less
accommodating. I also was a little less patient. This wasn't a
conversation, an exchange of ideas, a respectful disagreement, like we
had before. This was me being corrected.
I could be
open-minded, generous, supportive. I could take my time and energy to
engage in this conversation. But did I want to? Would it benefit me?
questions. This was the same person, same argument, same blog. We
agreed to disagree once. I don't need to do it every year. I was not
going to change my mind. I already rejected his argument, and I wasn't
going to spend my time and space helping him make his point.
I deleted the comment.
I do that with another comment? Doubtful; in the years I've been
blogging, it's my first deletion. Like I said, I like a good
conversation — and this was anything but.
Also, I'm not
encouraging a debate, either: having an uncensored debate with someone
who favors censorship is too ironic, even for me. I'll read their
writing, they'll read mine, we'll agree to disagree and maybe one of us
will learn something important (and it most likely will be me). I'm just
not looking to be rudely corrected.