The best thing about this intermewebnet thingy is, for me, it’s debates and exchanges. When I posted a review of Jane Brocket’s Gentle Art of Domesticity a couple of months ago, I was bowled away by the comments I received and the lively debate that the book engendered. There were several comments from individuals who did not share my opinion. I also received a number of emails from people with a different point of view to my own. I ‘approved’ all of these comments and I also responded to the emails. Without exception, I found these messages thoughtful and articulate. These people had an argument to make and wanted to express it, share it and put their name to it. However heated the discussion, there is something both stimulating and refreshing in this kind of exchange.

I have been away for a few days because of a family crisis. When I returned I discovered in my ‘moderation queue’ a comment of such laughable stupidity I thought I’d share it with you:


Perhaps if ‘poo’ had the balls to identify her/himself, or the nounce to express her/himself in a discourse other than that of the playground, we might channel our difference of opinion into intelligent debate.