So, checked the referrers, and up comes:
Have you stopped beating your wife, sir? - reprise
Interesting debate over the effectiveness and/or desirability of mandatory arrests in domestic abuse cases happening here, for those who'd like to offer an opinion...
I'm not going to ask what Jeff used for the rotating sidebar quote that, I'm guessing, is what brought the tourist in for a visit. Comes with using a Creative Commons License, I expect.
And using that title for a discussion of that subject. . . ok, humor is idiosyncratic. The title I used for this one may not even make sense to most of you. But domestic abuse? Jokes about the photos coming out of Abu Gharib?
Can we all break kayfabe for a minute here?
Taking on a public persona for weblog entries and comments, as Jeff and Laurence (among others) do, is all well and good. God knows I've done it myself, which is why writing this feels distinctly like stepping outside my glass house to throw stones.
I'm not. Or I'm trying very hard not to, at least.
Like everyone else, including Michael King (and how long have you had the domain?), I saw A Frank Guide to a Cordial Political Discussion a few days back. And the comments there. And a few of the places linking it.
And a few of the other entries at places linking it.
- Username: guest
- Password: guest
I'll explain that in a bit.
- The act of acting or being ‘in character’. When a wrestler ‘breaks kayfabe’, he is no longer playing the character that he is in the wrestling world. In the past, there was unwritten rule that wrestlers should never ‘break kayfabe’ in the presence of a wrestling fan. Today however, this rule has largely disappeared, with wrestlers regularly speaking out of character on talk shows and the Internet. At some points a wrestler may even break kayfabe on a wrestling show, in order to appeal to ‘smart’ fans. For example, Raven used to regularly break ‘kayfabe’ in his WCW days by referring to Diamond Dallas Page and Eric Bischoff as neighbours – a true fact. Chaz Warrington famously ‘broke kayfabe’ on a WWF show, refusing to continue with his Harry ‘Beaver’ Cleavage gimmick.
Not the first time I've compared blogtopia (y!sctp!) to, as Vince would have it, professional sports entertainment. And the whole left/right name-calling stuff (moonbat, asshat, rethug, take your pick and please deposit it in one of the dustbins located by the exits) feels like a storyline that's seriously played out.
Time for something new.
Only not that new.
ambra took me to task for my lack of civility here a short while ago. Conversation didn't really go anywhere, and I'm sure if I just ask nicely for us to all sit down and talk here and now, the same thing'll happen.
Which is why I've turned that guest login back on.
So you can say whatever you'd like.
Only, the real you. Not the character you use at your own place, Tell me about a book you've read and enjoyed, or a band you like, or a film you saw or are looking forward to seeing. Something. Anything.
Just not in character. As an actual person.
I'd like to think that's not too much to ask.
Update: Minor edits here and there; knew them sics in the previous entry were gonna come back to bite me in the ass. Also turned off trackback autodiscovery, in the hopes that it'll prevent the thing from re-pinging the MT entries at other sites that are linked. Is that a standing issue, or just something I have configured wrong?