As you will see, I’ve taken down the AGM-related Dissent of the Day that I posted yesterday evening. It’s not something I like to do, removing posts, but the more I read some of your comments and thought about it, the more it seemed warranted in this case, until or unless I have additional information (I have requests out for verification).
I’ve spent so many years working with letters to the editor when I was in newspapers, and then with first drafts of essays as a teacher, and, yes, mountains of emails to averyfineline.com that are perfectly legitimate but nevertheless marred with stylistic and grammatical issues that my instincts could well be distorted at this point. Or maybe I’m just an unreconstructable dupe. I dunno.
At any rate, I try to assume most comments are posted in good faith (except the obvious frauds, which, perhaps needless to say at this point, the comment in question didn’t immediately appear to me to be), especially with those who disagree with me, since I really do enjoy a thoroughgoing engagement with an issue from all perspectives. Moreover, the alternative to assuming most comments are legit is to either spend large chunks of my day vetting every comment or turning off the comments function altogether. And I really hope it doesn’t come to that.Email this Post