I have read the recent Katz / Joe Moore interaction and subsequent fall-out with interest. It has certainly caused quite a frothy in the M-Web blog community. In general, criticism (however constructive) is difficult to swallow at the best of times. Obviously, bare-faced insults are even less palatable, but I still found myself wondering whether no reaction whatsoever is worse. Hands up all those who feel worthless when nobody comments on your post.
I came to the conclusion that while belonging to a mutual back-slapping society is great, I would rather have someone vent spleen a la Joe Moore than say nothing at all. Admittedly, if someone calls me a fucking lunatic, I can’t take it as an insult because, well, the shoe fits. Other (perhaps less accurate) barbs that I have personally had to bear include: ‘useless’; ‘idiot’; ‘simple-minded’; ‘misguided’; ‘plain stupid’; and my all-time number one: ‘never-never land freak’.
It could be the cold weather in our corner of the world that’s making everyone sensitive and irritable. After all, when the mercury drops, your bladder contracts in sympathy and it is quite difficult to be nice to people when you have a pressing need to answer the call of Nature.