You have some of the stupidest arguments. Why do you go back and forth interminably with every libertarian and provocateur who pops their head up?
I don’t know what you mean. Are you criticizing me for having a conversation with someone who wants to engage me? Am I only supposed to talk to users who agree with me and/or appear intelligent?
People ask me all sorts of questions. And I privately respond to many of them. When I’m blogging on tumblr, I’m trying to be engaged. That’s how I see it.
Regarding the criticism of my post flaming Leon, I think anon is somebody who I do converse with and “know”–a follower, in other words. Maybe somebody who I follow as well. I’m going out of my way to be thorough because I appreciate all the responses I get to my writing here.
I use tumblr to maintain a writing schedule. When I can’t work on my novel–whether I’m not inspired or blocked or distracted (and I’m easily distracted)–I log into Tumblr and write. I try to write so many words a day. To keep writing fit. I write about what’s readily at hand. If my mailbox has messages in it, I start there. If I’m not posting for a couple of days, it’s because I’m doing some other writing. When I’m here, I like to be engaged and focused and experiment with my ideas in responses to others’.
Anyway, I delete many things that people submit. Little anonymous one-liners meant to hurt my feelings just get deleted.
I don’t see the arguments that I get as stupid. I used to teach writing classes, rhetoric classes, literature and business ethics classes. You’ve likely been or will be or are a university student. You remember some of the ridiculous things students (and teachers) say and write. I’m sure my patience and willingness to discuss has a lot to do with my experience as a teacher and life-long student. I’m willing to tolerate provocations from anti-intellectuals as much as intellectuals. I like to think that’s why this blog is popular.
That said, I block people who are being uselessly provocative. And as you likely know, those blocked are all Ron Paul fans who are never really interested in a conversation.