Sunlit Water

April 7, 2010

Never Read The Comments

Filed under: Blogs — by teofilo @ 9:55 pm

I don’t know why the hell I thought it would be a good idea to read this thread.  Reading blog comments usually just upsets me, and this time was no exception.  What I do find interesting, however, is that while almost every comment in the thread upset me, in almost every case it was for a different reason.  I guess that’s the sign of a thoughtful, interesting blog these days.

Update: Looking back at it again, “almost every” is definitely an overstatement.  There are plenty of good comments in that thread.  Still plenty of maddening ones too, though.



  1. Do the problems extend beyond the Erik Lund-initiated subthread? That was where most of the troubling things seemed to me to be. But maybe I missed other upsetting things due to my limited knowledge of history.

    Comment by essear — April 8, 2010 @ 2:41 pm |Reply

  2. That was the worst part, definitely, but there were various other comments that I found troubling, mostly on a rhetorical level rather than on account of anything particularly related to history as such.

    Comment by teofilo — April 8, 2010 @ 3:15 pm |Reply

  3. That’s not the thread I expected from the post, certainly.

    Comment by andrew — April 9, 2010 @ 4:45 am |Reply

  4. Well, there’s no way I would have ever even considered reading the thread you were probably expecting.

    Comment by teofilo — April 9, 2010 @ 12:22 pm |Reply

  5. I guess that depends on what I was expecting. I thought it would end up being more specifically historiographical, not a discussion of popular myths.

    Comment by andrew — April 9, 2010 @ 1:43 pm |Reply

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