Friday, August 12, 2011

The Ant-Snob Snob

  Today I want to talk about snobbery. What I mean by snobbery in this context is simply rejection of anything that doesn't fit your own narrow viewpoint. This sort of snobbery comes in many shapes, from the obvious; how could you possibly listen to/drink/watch that junk when my favorite is obviously better, to the near opposite; those idiots in California/New York/France really don't get us here in Peoria/Alaska/Saskatchewan and I don't think they should be telling us how to vote/dress/marry besides it's their loss anyway.

   We must discriminate to live a productive life, and I don't even have a problem with thinking that other people's beliefs are wrong, I just feel that we need to stop discounting those opinions without reason. I am not however endorsing relativism, all “truths” are not created equal and what we believe does not make reality. What I am saying is pick your battles. Does it really matter that your best friend drinks a beer that you think is better suited for cleaning rust off of bumpers? Can you really change the mind of the cretin at the office that believes that Strom Thurmond was far too liberal? Will anyone really listen when you rant against the latest pop-tart that can't sing, and would it really matter if they did? You just make yourself sound intolerant.

   The point of all this is, if you want to criticize make sure it is worth criticizing. If you can enlighten someone to the incorrectness of the anti-vaccine movement, by all means do. But is it really worth the waste of energy to make fun of someone because they love Journey? I mean really, I like Steve Perry's voice so just get off my back already.


  1. Hello.
    It seemed like you might actually be open to discussion on that Skepchick blog i.e. you seemed as if you might not automatically accept mouthyb's authority as a spanish expert. From New Mexico. That worked with someone who spoke some spanish once.
    Well, if so, you were right.
    I've lived in Colombia for some time where Marica (not maricon) as a jocular honorific between friends, the equivalent of “dude” or the British “mate” used by men women and gays alike (yes, my colombian gay friends call me marica… but… how should I gauge who should be offended by that?!!!11 Answer: none. None more unoffended [Spinal Tap reference]).

    Anyway, I'm sure you're not too bothered one way or another.
    Don't you think it's strange though? That mouthyb was absolutely content that someone else [Watson] has chosen to end the exchange for her? I expect it from her: banning people is the only thing she can rely on to win an argument. But even so, for people to willingly abdicate their own ability to converse and, heaven forbid! maybe actually correct a misunderstanding!
    No, stupid of me.

    Well, thanks for your time. Sorry to throw this at you, but it is a little frustrating to be misrepresented and not have an opportunity to respond. This seemed my only option.

    If you still even get updates from this blog... seems a little moribund.

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