Be like Walton Burns

There was a good post from Russ Mayne recently on the importance of criticism. He mentioned overly unpleasant criticism and unnecessary venom that might accompany it. Russ mentioned both academic and social media contexts. This post is about the latter, and mainly blogs.

I’ve directed unnecessary venom and ad hominem attacks at somebody in ELT before. I once called Geoff Jordan a false idol and even referred to him as, quote, ‘the Bam Margera of ELT’. That was poor form – I don’t even know if he owns a skateboard. Honestly, it was in the heat of the moment and I apologize.

I’m far more vanilla on this blog though. I’d be surprised if you find much criticism on here, especially not aimed directly at people. There are a few bitty critiques (rather than criticism) of this or that, usually including either the word ‘naff’ or ‘meh’. There’s the occasional attempt at taking a controversial stance just to see how it goes down, but that’s normally a clickbait thing.

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