What continues to puzzle me is why on every list I've joined there are
people who tell other people what they are allowed to post. I can't
help but wonder if these folk do the same in their offline lives.
Here's a signature I once saw that I think addresses this issue.
Doesn't explain anything, unfortunately, but it does describe it:
"Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretext of saving or improving X,
A is a scoundrel."
— H. L. Mencken
And as for the possible effects of repression, I like this one:
"Our doubts are traitors and makes us lose the good we oft might win by
fearing to attempt." --Lucio, Act 1, Scene 4, "Measure for Measure"
While I myself have no idea why anyone would *want* to discuss Liz'
looks, I am firmly on the side of self-expression... even if it is Greek
to me. And since I've discovered the Delete button, I've managed to
avoid any and all posts that annoy me. I recommend it.
On Wed, 14 Jul 1999 11:36:14 -0400 paul wiener wrote:
> With all due respect, Maureen....I don't care if you care about these
> issues or not. Some don't. Some do. Film scholarship and research have long
> comprised perceptions, responses and analyses of the most arcane,
> absurd-sounding trivial movie details that prove to be significant,
> interesting, and historically important. How do you know what Krin Gabbard
> - a reputable, established film scholar - has in mind with his interest in
> the height of leading actors? The appeal of actors and the size of images,
> inlcuding animated ones, have been subjects for study for decades.
> At 09:28 AM 7/13/99 -0700, M Furniss wrote:
> >While I'm writing, am I the only one who doesn't CARE if Elizabeth Taylor
> >is viewed as beautiful? Or that someone's head is large? Or that
> >someone is short? I don't think this kind of information forwards film
> >scholarship. With all due respect, I think these issues are not
> >appropriate for discussion on this site.
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