Please consider the following:
Have some patience, and use one of the many perfectly-good articles which are already up for discussing your "unique" OpEd. Thank you.
- There has been plenty of time to give your OpEd.
- There will continue to be plenty of time to give your OpEd, so there's no hurry to start yet another new discussion which will be forgotten within hours of its posting.
- The OpEd you gave has, most likely, already been given, and for the most part, those who agree with it will continue to post "Me too", and those who it is aimed at will not bother to read it.
- Talking about something on this site will not prevent it from being talked about on this site.
- This site thrives on variety. A flood of stories on your OpEd tends to make it suffocate.
To clarify, for those who feel that this is an insult to their OpEd and fall into the very same trap of what I'm protesting to begin with (of foolishly thinking that their opinion matters nearly as much as mine):
This is not about anyone being a crazed egotistical feminazi who is determined to see her "unique" OpEd on reasoned debate posted on the front page despite it not generating any reasoned debate. I did not say that - as I'll assert repeatedly if you dare to suggest that I did - and this is not about that. It is about agreeing with my OpEd and not posting your own.
I am not calling for a ban on posting your OpEd, which demonstrates unequivocably how nice and reasonable I am, even though I have absolutely zero chance of having such a ban enacted, and so had no reason for mentioning it. I am calling for people to actually look at their OpEd, and see if they're suggesting that people do as they say and not as they do. Rapid-fire hurling-OpEd-at-a-brick-wall is not discussion, unless it's my OpEd. All it does is raise the general levels of irony and hypocrisy, and only serves to drive a wedge between people who would otherwise partake in rational discourse, which does not, axiomatically, including anyone posting a contentless OpEd about why we shouldn't simply post contentless OpEds.
You have something to OpEd. That's fine. Everyone (by which I mean me) is entitled to their OpEd, and everyone is free to post it, which on the face of it appears to contradict everything that I've just said. But look at the greater picture, and remember, the "greater picture" gambit is not just a jaded and overused ploy to sieze the nebulous and unassailable moral high ground, it's a real and concrete position which is so obvious that I won't bother to define it. What you have to OpEd has been said and is being said by so many other people - and note that I'm repeating myself in my own OpEd, as though to make the point - and there are those who agree, and those who disagree, and even those who haven't made up their mind, and of course those who most need to do what I say, who are the very people who won't read this. Yelling at those who disagree won't change their mind, and yelling at those who agree will only further crystalize the division between "sides." And if you're not on my side, remember that your OpEd isn't worth polluting the queue with.
So, go ahead and keep on discussing things, even though I've told you not to. But think about the bigger picture - whatever that is - when you do so, and, unlike me, have some patience. We have all the time in the world; everyone will get a turn.
And I've just had my turn, so I'm afraid that now you have to wait a while to have yours.
That is all I OpEd.
"Exterminate all rational thought." - W.S. Burroughs