This evening I sent the following email to Jonathan Sullivan, who writes by the moniker of “Linoge” at his oddly named “Walls of the City” weblog:
Subject: In order to provoke some thoughtful reflection
Given that, unlike you, I am genuinely interested in an open, honest, rational conversation, I feel it is only appropriate that I call your attention to my recent post here:
Also unlike you, I promise that I will not moderate your comments into oblivion just because I disagree with what you say (though I should caution that my weblogging platform does auto-moderate any new commenters – I will approve whatever comment you care to leave as soon as I can). If you have any questions or concerns about that post, please feel free to comment at it, or respond to this email.
Thank you for your time,
(Please be advised: Any email sent to this address will be considered for publication at the above-linked webpage. Also, this email has been blind-carbon-copied to others, and any attempt to misrepresent it will be handled accordingly.)
Unsurprisingly, I have not received any form of acknowledgement from him, though two of my blind-carbon-copy recipients did indicate they received it, and one uses the same online email system Jon uses, so I think we can rule out technical difficulties. For someone who claims to be “passionate about the issue” and interested in “provok[ing] some thoughtful reflection”, I find his lack of a response to be disturbing.
For people who seem so very inflamed by their respective causes celebres, they seem to lack the courage to defend, or even support, their personal beliefs anywhere other than their own closely regulated, controlled, and moderated corners of the cortex. I wonder why that is?