Every now and then I will jump into a comment thread on a blog that has gone on so long and gotten so far off track it is ridiculous. I have prided myself on being able to bring some of these long-winded discussions to a crashing halt. Now, it's like why bother. The truth is the people just want to see the ink. I have admitted that I have been guilty of it. I call it being a blog whore--posting just cuz you know that site will bring you hits. I do it when I notice a dip in my stats. It always seems to reverse the trend, but I cannot definitively say it is a cause and effect relationship. I have blog spikes that are inexplicable and often leave me wondering what someone must have said about me somewhere that I know nothing about.
I have also commented on the fact that people will read something in my blog and then go and blog about it like I am not going to notice where they got the idea. This, I know, at least on more than just a few occasions, is a fact--or ESP. I don't even care about that. It's kind of flattering. But it would be nice if they just kind of in a generalized way mentioned that someone gave them this thought and they ran with it, even if they don't get specific.
The latest is the prevalence of certain terms. Mises just finished a month long multi pager in which the main figures in the argument went off track with defining and accusing each other of the ad hominem attack. Now I just got through another windy one where, not only did they have to pause in their tracks to make a snarky remark about my "one-liners", (A market is a market, asshole. I don't care what you peddle.) they go completely down the side road about the fucking ad hominem attacks. It is like the word of the week . It is usually accompanied somewhere in the discourse with several mentions of cognitive dissonance. The last time I saw 'cognitive dissonance' in a blog, I went in and said, "I call bullshit. This is cognitive dissonance, not what you are referring to." Boom. End of thread.
Well, what should I expect? I'm the one that keeps saying there are only 26 letters. I always think of the millionth monkey in that room with the pianos, pounding out Beethoven. Or is it typewriters and Shakespeare?
It's been said.
Today's CTA: What hasn't been said?