Sunday, 19 February 2012

"...OF CABBAGES AND KINGS..."



Writing a blog can be hazardous at times. It seems that there are
those out there in 'internet land' who are simply waiting for someone to
express their opinion on a topic so that they can pounce on it and deride,
mock, ridicule, and cast scorn in a piously condescending way as if those
they oppose are intellectually retarded in some way. (And, let's face it -
sometimes they are.) It happens to everyone who blogs and I'm
no exception.

Having a blog requires
having something to write
about. Sometimes it
requires needing something
to write about when ideas
are thin on the ground. If
there's a space, it has to
be filled. Believe it or not,
this site gets visited many
thousands of times every
month by people looking for
something to read and I
don't like to disappoint
them. I discuss mainly
comics and collectables,
although sometimes also
indulge in personal
reminiscences and social comment. Even then, however, I try to include
some kind of reference to comics, tenuous as it may be.

Sometimes I revisit a topic because there's something more I want to say
on the matter, or I think it might be of interest to someone, or I simply can't
think of anything else to comment upon. Due to the intended scope of this
blog, I'm somewhat restricted by certain 'parameters' and don't like to stray
too far beyond them. That sometimes necessitates a certain amount of
repetition of subject matter, but I take the view that not everyone will have
read my previous posts and therefore some topics can bear another
outing. Just like comics, every post is someone's first.
 
I must confess, therefore,
that I find it irksome when I
hear of certain people accusing
me of having an 'agenda' or
an 'obsession'. As it happens,
I do have an agenda - but it's
merely to inform and to entertain
and, yes - perhaps sometimes
even to educate - in some small
way on various details.
The 'agenda' I'm accused of,
however, is ascribed to me by
one particular person in an
attempt to cast doubt on my
motives for commenting, and to
diminish my opinion on things of
which I actually know quite a lot
about from many years of personal experience. (Fifteen of which were in
a professional capacity.)

His issues with me spring mainly from having an opposing view to my
own in regard to one particular topic. (Regular readers will doubtless know
to what I refer.) Others share his perspective of course, but tend to be far
less 'enthused' about it than he is. Lest anyone should think I'm developing
a persecution complex, far from it. I'm well aware that my 'detractors'
consist of (at most) a handful of people with a vested interest in shouting
me down and undermining my credibility. I find such efforts amusing for the
most part, but they can also be irritating on occasion when they resort to
distortion and misrepresentation in pursuit of their aims.

It is, in equal measure, both
hilarious and annoying to see
one particular person consider
his dismissive comments, sly
innuendo, attribution of false
motives, thinly-veiled insults,
patronising attitude,
condescending manner, and
supercilious remarks over the
course of many months as being
a 'restrained and mature'
reaction. This from someone who
seems to see me lurking behind
every anonymous comment on his
blog that disagrees with him on
any matter. Now, there's
obsession for you.

Sad thing is, he doesn't seem to realise that, if he didn't indulge in this
sort of thing, I wouldn't be boring the pants off everyone by having to
address this 'mature and restrained' fantasies. 

So, let's be clear. On this blog, any thoughts or theories I opine on comics
(any comic) spring from my lifelong love of, interest in, and devotion to
them - not from the figment of someone else's imagination or delusion,
who, it seems to me, is guilty of pursuing his own personal agenda when
it comes to anyone expressing a point of view at odds with his own.

'Nuff said! (Hopefully.)      

5 comments:

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

Have a SUPER week, Gordie!

Kid said...

Thanks. And you have an even more SUPER week, Harry!

Mr Straightman said...

Perhaps there wouldn't be quite so much "cultural snobbery" (quote, unquote) about UK comics if the two main contenders hadn't lost their way quite so spectacularly and were resigned to peddling burp, fart, bogey and poo jokes to six year olds?
Just a thought...

Kid said...

And you can rely on me to think about it.

Mike said...

As the chap who was quote unquoted about "cultural snobbery". I was referring to the kind that has always existed. I'm a snob against burp, fart and bogey jokes too, and while I still encourage people at work etc to try the Dandy on their young kids I'm in no hurry to renew my own subscription.
On the other hand though, you don't see streets named after comic artists and writers in Britain. Or statues of characters put up (at least not without the expected gutter press reactions). Neither do you see our embassies abroad promoting our comics, or jokey political 'awards' named after comic catchphrases. All of Britain's comics, no matter how good, are treated with contempt by the majority of our own people. The sterling work of the writers and artists (well, most of them) is completely ignored. We had Titan deciding not to print the "Roy of the Rovers Archives" books. When really such things should never have gone out of print in the first place. And then there's the state of the shelves in Smith's...but I'll leave the rest for a comic magazine I want to make (which will probably have 12 pages and come out once a year, ahem). There's probably a word count here!