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August 19, 2009

Opinions are like...

Kate Hart
If I had a dollar for every internet diatribe I have read in the past month, I would be a millionaire. God help you should you be so foolish as to express your appreciation for any of these things online: Twilight, Twitter, Harry Potter, breastfeeding in public, Facebook, Dooce, health care reform, Baby Einstein... did I mention Twilight? You know the term "Too Stupid To Live"? On the internet, it's more like "Too Brilliant To Live," often accompanied by its cousin "Hipper Than Thou."

Yes, I know vitriol on the web is nothing new, and my recent exasperation is just a result of where I'm spending my time. But when I saw Jeremiah Tolbert's article "Be a Positive Force in Fandom, Not an Asshole" and Wendy's post "Mad Storytellin' Skillz," I wanted to stand up and cheer.

As my mother is fond of saying, "Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, but you don't have to show it all the time." Yes, debate is important and valid, and yes, I am sometimes a fan of snark. But snark without substance says more about the would-be reviewer than the subject of the review-- and it usually screams "I'm jealous and insecure."


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