Thursday, January 24, 2013

Typical comments with typical answers

To pre-answer a few comments I often get:

Stupid comments:

You're wrong about X.

No, I'm not.

You're wrong about X, asshole.

No, I'm not. Fuck off.

I think you're wrong about X.
No, I'm not wrong, and I don't really care what you think; I care only about why you think it.

How dare you assert X?

Because I think it's true.  

How dare you fail to mention X!?

I don't know about it, I don't think it's true, or I don't think it's relevant in this context.

You failed to justify X.

Yes, I know. Sometimes I speculate, sometimes I summarize. This is a blog, not an academic journal. If you want to know why I think something, you need but ask.

You didn't justify X, so I don't have to justify to you my vehement assertion that you're wrong.

No, you don't have to justify anything at all to me. Indeed, you don't have to post here at all to not justify your opinion to me, so don't.

Mediocre comments:
You're right about X.

yay. I know. Do you have something to add?

Good comments:

Why do you think X?
You're wrong about X because of A, B, and C.
You failed to mention X, and it's important because of A, B, and C.
You're right about X, and it implies the surprising results of Y and Z.


  1. Don't you worry about X, let ME worry about X!


    Sorry, couldn't resist. Thanks for blogging - you have a knack for writing about economics in an interesting and understandable way.

  2. You're welcome. Glad you enjoy the blog. :-)


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