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Old 01-29-2010, 12:54 PM
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Default Re: Is civility in the blogosphere overrated? (AemJeff & Bobby G)

Originally Posted by graz View Post
Brava. Kudos to you for exercising and exorcising (likely) your thoughts and feelings. Thankfully, you reacted before considering or rejected the construct proposed by Bobby G to keep your incivility in a private rather than public sphere.
My appreciation is not meant to convey agreement, just to say that I support your effort and courage. Your stock is now a strong buy in my portfolio (not that that matters a whit to anyone but me).

Is their a potential downside to such personal attacks? My guess is that you are using a tactic that you have witnessed often by other, if not most commenters. In my estimation, fighting fire with fire is reasonable, and even if not for the faint of heart -or philosophically inclined- has a place in pulic spheres.
Only just now, graz? You're a real tonic for the ego.

As far as Bobby the Civil, it's not always what you say, but also what you do, and ignoring the posts of those making polite inquiries strikes me as the soul of incivility.

My overall take on the subject of civility is that the best exchanges avoid ad hominem and consist of clever repartee. Hitting below the belt signifies insecurity and a lack of emotional intelligence.
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