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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Why do I do it?

At first I thought I must have a masochistic streak a mile wide, for why else would I subscribe to the Daily Telegraph's daily news and sport emails? The fact is that they're one of the few mainstream news providers that still offer a free daily service that covers the stuff I want to read about. Most of their news coverage and pretty much all of the sport stuff is fine, but so many of the opinion pieces have me seeing red within the first paragraph.

So, am I a masochist? Well, much as that would be a powerful justification for reading their stuff and writing about bits of it, I'm afraid it doesn't really cut it. What was really happening, I realise, is something I identified (and wrote about) some time ago that I thought I'd given up.

Once again I'd been doing it because I loved being "right" about things, and that was much easier to do when I picked a fight with an idea that was so palpably "wrong" - in my opinion. Where better to look than the Torygraph for fodder?

So, I give that stuff up - again. I logged on here because I was moved to write an indignant post about this opinion piece from today. There was SO MUCH that had me going, "What?? That's such crap! And that! No-no! You're missing the point! Ooooh - how can you SAY these things? etc. etc."

All that was really going on for me was, "A-ha! I can write something really scathing about this, and I'll be RIGHT. I'll have WON!".

Well, that way lies confrontation, posturing and negativity. The very same mindset, in the extreme, leads to riots and the deaths of many mothers' sons over a few cartoons. And that's not what I'm committed to. Read it if you want, and make up your own mind. I'm just going to notch it up to freedom of speech.

posted by Plig | 11:42 |

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