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In recent weeks, while talking to friends and family, the Narrator has sometimes come up as a topic of conversation. These people express an appreciation for what I blog about, and show their interest in what I have to opine on. However, they feel that the Narrator brings a cloud of negativity and polemic simply for the sake of arguing. They then tell me that they prefer to not visit my blog so as not to have to read his comments.
This issue has come up several times in the past couple of months. Several people have suggested that I ban him from my blog. I do not enjoy censorship. I enjoy a productive debate, hearing various points of view, all in an attempt to further gain understanding. However, I feel that the Narrator’s dialogue tactics could use some polishing. Rather than being called ignorant, a deskchair (huh?), and an idiot, I would like to see sincere discussion.
One person commenting on this situation expressed their opinion as follows:
I can understand well reasoned argument and opinion, however, narrator and [those who leave similar comments] are nothing but argumentative contrarians who enjoy fomenting and tearing things down.
I have offered my views on the Narrator’s diaolgue methods before, and I’ve yet to see them change. Whether he changes them or not is his own decision, but I’ve grown tired of them.
So, I’ve blocked the Narrator. I would rather that my friends and family be able to enjoy what I have to write about instead of feeling uneasy and perturbed based on the comments of one of my visitors.
Now that the Narrator won’t be able to comment on my site, perhaps that irksome rash of his will finally subside…