I like being a dick, Phil
First, I’d like to congratulate Phil Plait on choosing a topic people seem to have strong opinions about. I love a good fight, and I see plenty of reasons to scrap with Phil regarding some of the statements he made during his lecture at TAM 8. The issue I’m actually concerned about is his own rhetoric and deep anger of people he perceives as dicks. I’m not sure who these people are (I won’t even say it’s me, since we’re so below the radar), but clearly they have him upset enough to base a whole lecture on it. I gotta ask though; what’s so wrong with being a dick, if that’s really the worst thing that you do?
I don’t declare war on people, I don’t mutilate the privates of my children or even pay money to an organization that knowingly protects and harbors known child rapists…no, the worst thing I do is vent when the venting is good. Maybe in Phil’s eyes guys like me spew vitriol, but what we really do is help frustrated people feel like they aren’t alone when they keep thinking people around them are acting like retards. And if the use of the word retard sends a shiver down your spine, you aren’t the kind of audience I normally cater to, and you’re wasting your time coming here. I offer piping hot boisterous anger, served with a twist of annoyance over all the shit we have to put up with because of religious intolerance and ignorance, and trust me brother, the gettin’s good.
So you’ll pardon me and my angry comrades when we choose to say: “I like being a dick, thanks”
Oh, and just so everyone is aware, I’m actually a big fan of his, especially when he argues with conspiracy theorists.