do you think i care?

well, sometimes i do, but when i read some comments, like the ones posted here and at huff post… from people who have otherwise engaged with me in the past… i just don’t.

beau said,

Watt’s article was annoying to me because he added nothing of scholarly value to the conversation, and yet makes a few sideswipes against Ehman and an unnamed quasi-mythicist (Carrier?) without offering an iota of evidence that Ehrman’s writings have “problems”.

It’s a vague opinion piece with an unearned air of condescension.

Learning how things work is the first step, of course. I responded with

Why yes, it is an opinion piece… where we are given between 800 and 1000 words. It does not add scholarly insight because writing an editorial really isn’t supposed to.

As far as offering evidence, I did what I could with links, in the absence of footnotes, I mean.

As far as unearned… well, that is a rather subjective opinion, which you are , of course, entitled to have. I tried to strip any sense of publicly humiliating mythicists for their tripe, but I see some got by me…

anywho… I guess everyone will have someone who doesn’t like what they say or do… but it would be nice if said detractor would, you know, get the context of the action…

huff po is not, and i repeat, not an academic journal. it is a news and opinion site.

do i care? not really, i mean besides writing this post so that i could post at least something to do…

oh and sticks and stones, beau… sticks and stones.

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4 Replies to “do you think i care?”

  1. The problem may be a misalignment between your academic credentials and the journalistic forum you have apparently chosen to reach a wider audience. Whereas professorial-types often tend to be long-winded, journalism requires a more pithy approach because column inches are usually at a premium. Thus, if a reader is expecting a scholarly dissertation, he or she may think they are getting shortchanged when reading a abstract-like media presentation. Writing opinion pieces only serve exacerbate the perceived difficulties.

    1. true enough. Unfortunately, the space is too limited to go into detail first of saying this is an opinion or general introduction, pop culture wise, to the subject at hand.

      1. Having done both journalism and academia professionally, I wholly sympathize with your plight. At the same time, it may be worth pointing out that, in the end, Jesus was eminently more successful than the Pharisees because he was able to get down to where people lived. He put complex concepts in language that the common man and woman of his day could understand. Had Jesus engaged in esoteric dissertations on the finer points of Judaism, he wouldn’t have even rated a footnote in history.
        Since you’ve previously touched on Joseph Campbell, it may also be worth noting that this world’s great religions were founded by those able to communicate with the masses. These individuals were, as Campbell described them, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
        Moreover, you may be running into trouble because, even if they never articulate their concerns, some readers may be confused as to whether your writing puffs Joel or is it reflecting Jesus.

  2. Yesterday, a friend of mine shared a post from a group on Facebook called “Can this picture of a poodle wearing a tin foil hat get more likes than Glenn Beck.”

    The post dealt with the fact that their story from earlier in the day was sourced from the National Enquirer. Their response was, “If you’re expecting high-grade journalism from a page called (repeat the name) then you have bigger problems than the integrity of the National Enquirer.”

    That seems related here.

    HuffPo is an opinion site. That’s all it is. I don’t expect scholarly essays there.

    People like to complain.

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