Winchell Factor wrote:BobF wrote:brick wrote:You didn't make a negative comment. You mocked her. It's rude and it's immature and you seem to think that because a close friend of yours in college was ok with something similar it's ok? Word to the wise: Tossing behaviors at total strangers online based on the fact that your college bestie was cool with it isn't a good game plan.
Perfect timing! I was just thinking this morning that the internet was so devoid of people who can take a complete strangers written words and then tell the writer exactly what they meant by those words. Welcome to JBoard, brick!
My biggest error here was posting in a style that I would normally use for my Facebook posts where the people who know me know that I'm a very positive person with a goofball streak in me. If Laura ever happens to read the post in question, I apologize, I meant no offense.
Without wanting to pick a fight--and, honestly, I don't want to--I think the burden really goes the other way. I think the obligation of the reader to understand the psyche and intention of an unknown author is far less than the obligation of an author to consider how his or her words might sound to readers who don't know the writer's personality or intentions.
I admit, I fail at this far too often, but I think that by far the greater burden belongs on the writer.
Which is why I said I was fine with Dave's edit of my post in the first place. I just have a thorough dislike for the act of other people telling me what I mean when I say or type something.