On civility and scoundrels
I want my commenters to be uncivil. There is no virtue in politeness when confronted with ignorance, dishonesty, and delusion. I want them to charge in to the heart of the issue and shred the frauds, without hesitation and without faltering over manners. These demands for a false front of civility are one of the strategies used by charlatans who want to mask their lack of substance â€” oh, yes, it would be so goddamned rude to point out that a huckster is lying to you. I am quite happy that we have a culture of being rude to frauds here.
I’ve been thinking about this statement quite a lot since P.Z. Myers posted it the other day. Perversely, I actually agree with P.Z. that complaints about incivility and can be used as a smokescreen and a distraction to deflect attention away from critical issues.
However, being a “time and a place for everything” kind of gal, I think that deliberate civil dialog does have its utility, and and that there’s a time and a place for it. That time and place being Main Street Plaza, all the time. 😉