August 24th, 2007

Viking Spongebob

So Excited...So Pissed

Got a trip tick ordered and a foot's worth of travel guides. And we're excited! We're leaving for the West Coast on the 18th of September. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse (I haven't seen it since before they had the crook of his arm taken out), Yellowstone and then my old pal in Portland, all before the Regia training event. Okay, the car I rented will not have room for a spear, but hopefully they'll have loaners. Then Julie visits friends in Seattle and maybe San Diego, and I bomb on back thru Colorado. No paper, no leaky tents, no wankers on the Middlebridge...Bomb!

And then the pissed part. that's where the wankers on the MB get into it. Right now, there is only one wanker but a bunch of enablers. A mysterious man in a mask is being arrogant, impolite and just plain ignorant. In the best of all possible worlds, he would a) be ignored or b) punted into the next kingdom--he doesn't like this one very much anyway--by the group moderator. There are many things that make me unhappy and disappointed about the SCA; I don't keep them to myself, much to the chagrin of Scadians who seem to think that the SCA can do no wrong. But personal attacks and palpable ignorance...I use the Delete key if I think I've written the first, and I have a few years of experience that helps dilute the latter.

The irony is that twenty years ago, the git would have been a voice in the wilderness. Unless he stood up on a soap box at an event--and didn't get accidentally knocked over--no one would hear the rantings. But the Internet is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it has enabled people to with shared interests get together easily and to organize viable SCA guilds and whol viable alternative organizations (I remember how difficult and ultimately futile it was to attempt organization of an accurate medieval re-creation group in the 1990s at the dawn of the electronic age). On the other, the Internet allows the wide dissemination of hateful and abusive speech that is not only distracts folk from practical productive action but which sometimes drives folk away from something because it is no longer fun.