Thursday, 16 January 2014

TINPOTS, TYRANTS, AND TITS!



Once again, I find myself placed in the position of having
to address a controversial topic which some of you may not be
interested in.  If so, please feel free to ignore this post and wait
for another, hopefully more compelling one.

****** 

You'll remember me telling you a while back about a certain
DEREK G. MARSDEN who frequents the comics forum of which
I was once briefly a member.  An arrogant, opinionated, impertinent
and self-important little man who exploits any opportunity for self-
aggrandizement, he's been at his disingenuous best once more on
that very forum - one which he seems to regard as some kind
of 'school playground' in which he's the head prefect.

The term 'self-aggrandizement' is extremely apropos in his
case, but it's not one whose application I can take credit for;  no,
the honour for that astute observation belongs more properly to a
new forum member who goes by the name of HARD TRUTHS.  As
I once explained, I resigned from the forum because I couldn't com-
ment or express an opinion without certain parties seeing it as an
opportunity to attack me.  Chief amongst them was Mr. Marsden,
who has a history of patronising pomposity and overbearing
odiousness in his dealings with other members.

Indeed, not long after joining the forum and encountering
Mr. Marsden's snooty swaggering for the first time, I received a
private email from another member advising me to ignore the pom-
pous buffoon (my words, nor theirs) as other forum members were
equally sick of him.  No doubt infuriated at having taken second prize
in a few of our encounters (and never a first prize in any of them), he
seemed determined to target me at the slightest excuse, in order to
provoke me into saying something that might bring disapproval
upon my head from the moderators.

As said moderators allowed him to get away with making
the most outrageous, provocative and libellous accusations with
impunity, it seemed obvious where their bias lay, so rather than waste
my time and energies on a forum where it was clear that some people
didn't want me (and who had  objected to my membership from the
start, on account of my frank and forthright views - on this blog - on
the state of various aspects of British comics and some of their con-
tributors), I resigned.  I explained my reasons for leaving in a
way that allowed no possible misinterpretation.

However, that hasn't stopped the bold Mr. Marsden from
doing his utmost to reinterpret them in order to rewrite history
on the forum, in a pathetic attempt to claw back his imagined status
as 'top dog' on the site.  Read what he said in response to the following
comment from Hard Truths, who I can honestly state is not an alias
of mine, nor, so far as I'm aware, anyone known to me.  (So his or her
remarks are not the result of any prompting or urging by me.)  If it
should prove to be someone I know, they haven't seen fit
to inform me of such.  

 "I've noticed that there's been a huge slump in
activity since Kid Robson left.  Sure, he was the forum's
most controversial member ever, and arguments always
started with him around, but at least something was actu-
ally happening.  Now?  Nothing.  This really gives a new
meaning to "Be careful what you wish for". "

Mr. Marsden, who goes by the appellation of PHOENIX,
 felt obliged to respond, seemingly outraged by the suggestion
that anyone could conceivably consider my presence on the
forum as having any positive value.

"We have got what we wished for.  Furthermore, we
don't want any members reminding us of the unpleasant
experiences we had to undergo during Robson's few months
with us.  Yes, he was controversial, and obnoxious with it, but
that was mainly due to his refusal to accept that his view or
opinion could ever be wrong, and that other members could
actually be right.  He eventually realised that we were not
going to allow him to ride roughshod over us so he resigned,
and popped off back to his blog where he can indulge his ag-
gression, his egocentricity, his paranoia and his dismissive
approach to others, and share them with his adoring
acolytes over there to his heart's content.

Incidentally, I notice that you have started your

membership in a similar manner to him, introducing a
couple of anodyne threads, criticising the Forum before
you have even got your feet under the table, and posting
 a sarcastic comment on the end of the Are The Weekly
Comics Doomed? thread, which was started by Robson,
and in which there is evidence of all the character traits
I mentioned earlier.  He was a troll.  Your choice of
username is interesting.  I am looking forward to
your next post."

In response to this earlier remark by Hard Truths - "Ah,
wanting to start a flamewar, eh?  So, exactly what you
criticized Kid Robson for doing.  I love the smell of hy-
pocrisy." - the self-styled Phoenix had this to say:

"How amazingly recognisable your modus operandi is.
It's almost as if Robson has taught you what to say, and
then sent you over here to say it.  When you get back to
Crivvens (sic), or wherever else you came from, could you
please pass on the message that trolls are not welcome
on comicsuk, and that we do now find them
easy to spot."

So, let's take his fantasies one at a time, shall we? 

1)  "Yes, he was controversial, and obnoxious with it,
but that was mainly due to his refusal to accept that his
view or opinion could ever be wrong, and that other
members could actually be right." 

What seems to annoy this particular individual is that
whenever I was defending a carefully considered opinion  in the
face of opposing (and hostile) reaction, I didn't allow myself to be
browbeaten into submission by those who thought that if they kept
aggressively chipping away at me, my defence would crumble.  It's
called having an opinion and sticking to it - but only when the facts
verify my conclusions.  From my perspective, it is the tediously pe-
dantic Mr. Marsden who is not prepared to allow that anyone
other than himself is correct on any given matter.

2)  "He eventually realised that we were not going to
allow him to ride roughshod over us so he resigned, and
popped off back to his blog where he can indulge his ag-
gression, his egocentricity, his paranoia and his dismissive
approach to others, and share them with his adoring
acolytes over there to his heart's content."

With complete disregard for the facts, this self-styled 'guru'
invents a totally different reason for my stated 'resignation' from
the forum - apparently thinking that he has greater insight into my
motives than I do.  I think that any disinterested reader (and yes, I am
aware of the difference between 'disinterested' and 'uninterested', Mr.
M - I do mean 'disinterested') can see for themselves who the real ego-
centric is.  (Borne out by the fact that when I used the phrase 'Solus
inter plurimos' 'I am alone among many'  - Mr. M proposed
an alternative version which he applied to himself)  'Primus
inter multos' 'I am FIRST among many.' 

3)  "How amazingly recognisable your modus
operandi is.  It's almost as if Robson has taught you
what to say, and then sent you over here to say it.  When
you get back to Crivvens (sic), or wherever else you came
from, could you please pass on the message that trolls
are not welcome on comicsuk, and that we do now
find them easy to spot."

Note with what ease Mr. Marsden presumes to speak for
the entire forum, as if he's a democratically elected spokesman on
its behalf.  What's more amazing is that he is in clear violation of the
forum's code of conduct in his increasingly bizarre rants, where he is
openly insulting and indulges in the most ridiculous speculations and
thinly-veiled insinuations (that Hard Truths is either an emissary of
mine, or me myself)) without even a shred of evidence.  (What was
that he was saying about paranoia?)  Which begs the question -
why on earth is he is he permitted to get away with it?  If
anyone is a troll, it is surely him!

It's clear from his comments that his definition of the word
'troll' is anyone who refuses to be bullied into accepting his opinion
as the final authority on any subject pertaining to just about everything.
(Which seems to be a common trait amongst those with similar delusions
of omnipotence.)  Apparently, he used to be a teacher, and is no doubt
so used to imposing his view on those too young to oppose him that he
expects everyone to kowtow to him in the same subservient manner as
the pupils he once looked down his nose at from the lofty heights
(in his own mind at least) of his 'exalted position'.

Anyway, this thoroughly obnoxious little man with an over-
developed  sense of pedantry, who is so fond of correcting other
people's use of the English language (especially in the girl's comics
section of said forum, curiously), will surely not mind me pointing out
to him that the name of this blog, 'Crivens', only has one 'v' in it.  Now,
having punctured his pomposity and presumptuousness, we can only
hope that this petty and pathetic individual slinks off back to the
obscurity which so rightfully belongs to him.

******

And to which, I'm glad to say, his provocative and mis-
leading comments on the forum have now been consigned.

9 comments:

B Smith said...

Aggression? Egocentricity? Paranoia? Dismissive
approach?

I knew there was a reason I keep coming back here :-)

Kid said...

Dismissive approach? Be off with you! (Chortle!)

moonmando said...

If ever I find myself up on a murder charge, I'd like you to defend me! Which of course leads me to think," hmm,I could get away with murder"....
"Oh,Heather dear, can you pop upstairs for a minute"...(Cue, nefarious chortle)

Kid said...

Make sure she makes your tea first before you push her downstairs, you ol' rascal.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Best thing to do is just ignore things like this. Character besmirchment it may be, but anyone who knows you knows it's false, and anyone who thinks otherwise is welcome to it. I've had some "heated words" with this fellow too (granted, not to the extent that you have), but it didn't bother me at the time and it doesn't bother me now.

Kid said...

Thanks, THB. The trouble is, the heated words didn't bother me so much when I had a right of reply on the forum, but this fellow is exploiting my absence to paint a picture of his own invention. Quite apart from that, the forum rules preclude such behaviour, yet he seems to be allowed to get away with it. (No doubt due to the prejudice against me of one particular moderator.)

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

As annoying as it is to have no recourse to these comments on that site, as THB says it is always best just to ignore these type of people. I'm not aware of the site you refer to here but the name is familiar to me on another site (Comics UK )where a similarly named person a "guru" can (imho) be a bit rude / curt (to say the least) so much so I recall him throwing a big "girly" wobbly a few years ago and leaving the site for a while (ah good days lol) and whilst meaning can be misunderstood in the context of texts I got so fed up with the silly comic related "bitching" from that person and others that I just no longer participate (and rarely visit ) that site now,pity as it was good - in his defence and to be fair a lot of folk seem to admire him (go figure!) )McScotty

Kid said...

Thanks, McScotty. It's the same one I'm referring to. On a previous occasion (after leaving the site), I complained to the owner, who had the offending comments removed, but nothing has been done about my current complaint, hence my reluctant (but necessary, I feel) post. I don't think it's HIM that a few people admire, so much as his knowledge of some comics. (Seems to know a lot about comics for girls - as you say, go figure.)

Kid said...

The site owner, a decent chap, has now removed the offending and highly inaccurate comments. My emails weren't getting through to him, but that problem has now been rectified.

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