The strange thing about Nick’s claim is that the people who are being silenced are going to write more, and longer, because they’re being silenced.
It’s not silly at all. It’s human.
What he describes as “interesting debate” is made so not because I left the discussion. There’s another human fact at work here.
(BTW, Nick, in case you’re google alerts pop up to lead you here, or something like it, in fact, I was in the middle of BFE Maine with limited web access, doing graduate work morning, noon, and night, while still working on my dayjob and new writing. So… No, Nick, it actually had nothing to do with you, or your continued insistence on shoving my voice and thoughts into your own experiential narratives. Your odd insistince on engaging in rudeness is part of why I’m posting this right now.)
The thing is, when Nick describes the debate as “interesting”, it is also because he took the reigns of it, and forced it down a path he wanted. He shoved everyone into his experiential worldview at the expense of other narratives.
Look at how many posts Nick makes in comparison to everyone else, after I left, and the shape they took and you see how the discussion shaped itself around one man’s voice, the crankiest one, the first one to engage in true juvenalia up above, like putting words in my mouth, or thoughts in my head. Once again, he’s shaping the narrative around his own preconceptions of what that narrative should be, and if you watch, you’ll see him shutting down perspectives that don’t line up with his own.
It’s a control thing, man. It got interesting to him because he took control of it, not because it actually got more interesting. It was just as interesting the whole time.
Try to see yourself from the outside, party people.
The thing about publishing and books is that no one has the whole picture. We all only know a very small slice, no matter who we are. If we actually want to create a whole, we can’t use our little slice to cut away other experiences.
We learn more by approaching everyone’s perspective as inherently valid in the soft knowledge learning of books.
It’s weird to know the many things Nick’s done to try and increase the liberation of the mind, yet to watch him engage in discussion in a way that is loudly and softly bullying.