A comment to the "Flight Sequence" post (I've removed it, to avoid embarrassment to the writer, who is a regular contributor to the Comments section) reminded me that I don't like bashing. Meaning, reflexive, unreflective comments against groups of people—whether it's women, or people who dress a certain way, or people with non-majority sexual preferences, or racial or ethnic groups, or professions (lawyer jokes, anyone?), whatever...the list goes on. I should add a proscription against that to the Comment Guidelines, I suppose.
Bashing is sometimes a habit, done without thinking. America-bashing is a leitmotif that crops up sometimes on TOP. I'm the first to admit that there's a lot wrong with America, but that's no excuse for implying that all the ignorance, evil, cupidity, and cant in the world starts and ends here.
The only things you're allowed to bash here at TOP are Whitney Houston's song "I Will Always Love You," and maybe Anne Geddes, because I can't get over my kneejerk bigotry against either one. I could take my Whitney aversion into therapy and still not be able to get over how her shout-singing sets my teeth on edge. About ten times worse than the proverbial fingernails on the chalkboard, which means at least twice as bad as Billy Joel (although you shouldn't push that button either). (I'm only twisting yer tails, Joel fans.) (Are there really such things as Joel fans?)
(Everyone's a bigot about something.)
One thing you'll almost never see here (because I don't allow it) is the standard Leica bashing, which is so reflexive in some quarters it should be made into one word. Leicabashing. There's at least one forum-which-shall-not-be-named where apparently learning Leicabashing clichés is one of the entry requirements.
If you think about it, saying that only rich dentists buy Leicas is offensive to three different groups: photographers who use Leicas (by implying that their tool of choice is just a pretentious bauble); the people at Leica (for implying that they're just marketing Veblen goods to pump money out of the carriage trade and don't care about photography); and rich dentists (for implying that they can't be as serious about their photography as anyone else).
If you're in the habit of bashing something, take a moment the next time you're feeling thoughtful and consider moderating your habit. And that's the nicest way I can think of to say that. Because of course I wouldn't want to be seen bashing...bashers. (Ahem.)
P.S. And no, I didn't do this post because of the big Leica sale that's going on now...but since it came up....
P.P.S. You might now be tempted to bash bloggers trying to sell you s#!t all the time, but take a deep breath, and relax, and let it pass.... :-)
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