Comments That Bother Me, Part 1.

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 7.236% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

So I head to a personal essay that’s been widely linked around the ‘net – the heartfelt discussion of a problem someone has with a culture.  It has hundreds of comments from people going, “Oh God yes, I know exactly how that feels” and “Thanks for putting this into words” and linkbacks saying “She says it for me.”
Then you drill down and you find this:
“I don’t get this.  I’ve never met anyone who complained about this before.  Who would feel this way?”
Maybe the hundreds of other people who already left comments, you dope.
Look, I get being surprised when someone violently hates something that doesn’t bother you.  That happens to me all the time.  And many times, I think what they’re complaining about is overblown, their griping sans merit.
But if I see an essay that has five hundred likes on Facebook, I don’t deny the feeling exists.  The fact that I have never encountered it before does not mean that, quantum-style, it failed to be before I clapped my googly little eyes on it.  It means I never ran into anyone with this opinion, which is an entirely different thing.
And when someone leaves a comment like this, I wonder: no wonder you didn’t meet anyone like this before.  You just met one right now, along with a battalion of cheering admirers, and you just fucking erased them.  Can you halt for a moment to note your own blithering, Magoo-like blindness?
The evidence is literally before your eyes.  You may not agree with these people, but for fuck’s sake, at least acknowledge them.

3 Comments

  1. gluon1
    Sep 10, 2013

    I’ve never seen this problem before.
    (Joke, but also true. I would, therefore, be interested to see an example if it wouldn’t be inappropriate.)

    • Gluon1
      Sep 10, 2013

      Och. I neglected to include the final sentence saying, “Also, I appreciate your making me aware of it.” Without that, it sounds like I had seriously missed your point. (If the moderator would be so kind as to just add that sentence to the parenthetical….)

    • TheFerrett
      Sep 11, 2013

      It could be argued fairly convincingly that Laura’s comment on this post qualifies.

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