I am in many ways a terrible person. Or I am to anyone in authority over me, trying to give me a story without making it a detailed explanation.
Say I am told that books just aren’t selling because people don’t read. I go “But I am someone who JUST reads for fun. No games, no tv, no movies. And most of the time I go to Barnes and Noble and can’t find anything I WANT to read. For years all I bought there were stuff like The Times Table of History” and it wasn’t for lack of WANTING to read, it was because of not finding anything remotely readable for my tastes. (If I want to be preached at, I go to church.)
I’m that kind of horrible person, I ask questions.
Which is why I found it somewhere near ROFL funny when that creature dropped by yesterday — you remember, the one who asked us if we were not free in some way (rolls eyes) which not only betrays a lack of understanding of what I was saying, but also a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of liberty — and I went to her blog to check out whether she was just an idiot or malicious. (I do in general check out drop ins I’ve never seen before, if their first comment is unreservedly positive or negative. Because, see above.)
The answer would seem to be yes. But the really funny part was the reason she was so upset at the “puppies.” (Notice no difference between sad and rabbids) whom she represented as being “right wingers” upset at “no right wingers winning awards in science fiction.” Hence, the “Yes” since darling idiot seemed unaware the sad puppies nominated among others an outright (and proud) socialist. It’s always astonishing to me that people can have so little curiosity they don’t check the story. Also among the organizers, I wouldn’t qualify myself as a right winger, not by European classifications which is what the left uses. I mean the last time I heard the phrase “Gentlemen, your swastikas” was while watching the Producers. I’m a Rational Anarchist, who has tried really hard to vote Libertarian and ends up voting Republican half the time, with a clothes pin on my nose, only because I have family in Venezuela and I don’t believe in socialist paradises. I suppose darling idiot thinks everything not communist is “right winger.” Sometimes I wonder we managed to teach them to write. Maybe she’s using text to speech software. There’s a hope.
But the reason she was REALLY mad at us is that now Science Fiction no longer presented a “united front” towards the world.
And there I stopped, scratched my head and REALLY wondered how she managed to read and write.
Look, I know it’s customary to ask “what are they teaching the kids these days?” BUT REALLY I ask you WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING THE KIDS THESE DAYS?
Do they teach people that “uniform front” or “community of one accord” or whatever the hell they call it are normal for any group of more than three people? And if so WHY?
Everytime I hear that anyone won by unanimous vote, even if it’s in a small organization, I know for a fact either it’s a job no one wants, or there have been shenanigans.
Humans are otherwise so constituted that there are always a few of me among them. And far worse than me. In a run off between the Messiah and Beelzebub there would be three or four custard heads who voted for Beelzebub in the firm belief he was misunderstood or maligned. In anything less clear cut than that you’re going to see far more dissension.
And when you’re talking about a community of creative people who can’t otherwise agree on anything, up to and including whether pants should be worn on butt or head, if you see a united front, you know there’s shenanigans.
I.e. I always marveled at all those people who said things like “there are no right wing writers, because right wingers just go along with the status quo and aren’t very creative.”
This betrayed that a) they were living circa the beginning of the 20th century when anything vaguely considered right wing was “the status quo.” b) they’d failed to notice the socialists had run away with the train around 1920 or so, and were now the status quo in every large institution and company. c) were under the impression it took marvelous creativity to write the 14th Harry Potter knock off, which was in fact most of what was being produced at that time. d) thought it was possible for creativity to follow a rigid set of ideological beliefs.
It seems stupid but I spent a large part of the 00s arguing with people that this was blazingly, in your face dumb.
It was also gospel for all the big publishing houses. To check if someone was a good writer, you made sure they mouthed the right beliefs.
Which explains why I went to Barnes and Noble to be disappointed.
Thank heavens for indie, people know it’s not like that.
And in the same vein thank heavens for the Puppy movements, because now people know we’re real, living, breathing people and not Marxist robots. They might be tempted to look over a science fiction book now and then, and might even buy one and then another, and another.
Now, if only we could get the incipient little totalitarians to understand that it’s possible to have more than one opinion about things, that total unanimity is not a sign you’re right but a sign you’re afraid (or voiceless), and that dissent is not some kind of crime in other more important areas, like national politics.
Perhaps then they might be fit to live in (or even conceive of) a free society.