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Something is biting me...

How is it possible that it's June already?

My skin is marred with about a dozen bites of some description. They itch. I have never seen the insect responsible for these bites. Why, why, why do they find me so tasty? It seems to happen every year.

Fandom is the same everywhere I go. I dared to speak up on my Dwight list about my ambivalence about his new disc -- this lead to some interesting discussion with sane, intelligent friends on list, and quite a few snippy or downright rude slurs and insults from those for whom "Dwight is perfect, ALWAYS!" They loved Pete Anderson until he had the temerity to sue Dwight for breaking their contract, canceling more than half of the mostly sold-out 2002 tour, backing out of a promised resumption of that tour in the first half of 2003, and costing Pete (as well as MANY others) a lot of money. Apparently, that is just totally unreasonable of Pete. Of course, since I'd stood up for Pete in THAT instance, I was already branded in their eyes. "Of course, you're REALLY a Pete Anderson fan, so of course you think [the disc isn't good]." Uh... yeah.

SIGH. It really doesn't surprise me. I've run into these sorts in every fandom I've ever been involved in, but it still annoys me.

That said, parts of the disc has grown on me. Perhaps by the time I have to turn in my review, I won't completely pan it.

I need to update my website this weekend. Maybe there will be time (ho).

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sillymagpie
Jun. 3rd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Criticism Bad, Fire Pretty
Poor Kathy, you pissed off a nest of venemous True Believers!

That's the story of my life. I don't have the temperament to be a True Believer, and the TB's are shocked and horrified, I tell you, when some terrible person doesn't completely dote on the object of their fervent devotion. How can you criticize so-and-so? You heathen! Traitor! Get the hangin' rope!

You find a TBs in every fandom, political organization, church group, car dealership... Meh. Whatever.

Even the truly great have off days. Dwight is entitled to his.
wildrider
Jun. 3rd, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Criticism Bad, Fire Pretty
Yeah, that's what a few of us try to explain. By criticizing Dwight, we're actually showing that we like him enough to SAY he stumbled. It was similar during the whole "Fair to Midland" debate.

I know, I know.
nutmeg3
Jun. 6th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear the CD has grown on you, but good for you for speaking your mind, whatever your opinion. I've never understood blind devotion, but I guess there are people who need certainty (even if misplaced) in their lives and are terrified of independent thought. Their loss.

And also? As much as I love Dwight - and I do - as one of those who had tickets to one of the shows he cancelled so he could take another crapass role in another crapass movie, I'm still pissed.
wildrider
Jun. 6th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
I had a lot of friends who had tickets to those shows, and I've always been one of those "raise a sword for the underdog" sorts. It ticked me off on their behalf; along with the roustabouts and handlers and grips and folks at the venues who kind of actually depend on working to, you know, pay bills. Sometimes, for a guy who wanted to be a preacher, Dwight seems a little shy on compassion for others...
nutmeg3
Jun. 8th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
<< Sometimes, for a guy who wanted to be a preacher, Dwight seems a little shy on compassion for others... >>

He does tend to be more intellectual and chilly than emotional.
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