Take The Wong Way Home

David Wong has long been one of my favorite writers.  Last night I chanced upon something of his that really hit home, especially in light of the behavior I’ve seen on this website during the past week.

Maybe people are upset that President Trump won, or maybe they are upset that Tiger Woods is falling apart.  Whatever the case, I can’t help but notice how uncivil (and unfunny) some commenters have become lately.  One went off the deep end when I pointed out that this isn’t a place to spread fake political news stories.  (I think that was probably a misreading, a mistaking of this as a conservative echo chamber website, when in fact it is staunchly apolitical — we’re strictly issues-based — and anti-groupthink of any sort.)  Another commenter leaves nothing but personally insulting comments.  Yet another told me Lanny H Golf is a “shit-site.”

David Wong’s article puts all this in perspective.  The article is from 2012 and is entitled “6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.”

Here are a few excerpts that hit home in regards to this website and deluge of attackers we’ve recently seen:

Happiness takes effort.  Also, courage. It’s incredibly comforting to know that as long as you don’t create anything in your life, then nobody can attack the thing you created.

It’s so much easier to just sit back and criticize other people’s creations. This movie is stupid. That couple’s kids are brats. That other couple’s relationship is a mess. That rich guy is shallow. This restaurant sucks. This Internet writer is an asshole. I’d better leave a mean comment demanding that the website fire him.

Oh, wait, did I forget to mention that part? Yeah, whatever you try to build or create — be it a poem, or a new skill, or a new relationship — you will find yourself immediately surrounded by non-creators who trash it.

As long as they never produce anything, their work will forever be perfect and beyond reproach. Their effort would have been amazing. Not like the shit you made.

That last line make me laugh, having just been told my blog was a “shit-site.”  So too did the line about the non-creators who love to trash the creators.  I had just a couple of days earlier suggested one commenter start his own blog, and he wanted nothing to do with that.  A non-creator who loves to trash the creators, eh?

Oh, well.  To quote Steve Forbert, “It takes all kinds, well, listen, man, it don’t, but they’re all here.”

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6 Responses to Take The Wong Way Home

  1. Kris says:

    My rule is don’t say anything on the internet you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. If you break that rule, be prepared to face the consequences. I have called people out for breaking that rule and had to face the consequences and apologize when I broke that rule myself. I try to remember there’s a human being on the other side of the words on the screen. I appreciate the work creators put into their content, so if I have a criticism I try to make sure it’s constructive. Picking your battles is also important. Some people are worth responding to, but most people aren’t. It’s like my grandpa used to say to people that crossed him “I’d kick your ass, but you ain’t worth my time”.

  2. nolanwiffle says:

    Lanny,
    The only thing I know about you is your history as a commentator on various golf blogs. Everywhere you’ve commented, you behaved as a condescending, know-it-all cyber bully. You were even banished from a couple of blogs, so you started your own. Good for you. I’d congratulate you and even pat you on the back, but you’ve already done that yourself (again) with this latest post.

    • lannyh says:

      “Oh, wait, did I forget to mention that part? Yeah, whatever you try to build or create — be it a poem, or a new skill, or a new relationship — you will find yourself immediately surrounded by non-creators who trash it.” — David Wong

      “This Internet writer is an asshole. I’d better leave a mean comment.” — David Wong

      How’s that new blog of yours coming along? I hope you are not too busy trashing others to create anything yourself.

  3. nolanwiffle says:

    Lanny H golf blog
    Inanities prevailing
    Always creative

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