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Recovery and the new mine field.

Posted by Dirck on 21 August, 2009

Wow. I don’t know what I had, but you don’t want any. Nothing exploded, no limbs dropped off, but when I have a day off from The Regular Job and I don’t try to work on some pens, you know I’m in a sad state indeed.

I was not in a deep enough coma to entirely ignore the day’s news, and I hear that the first wedge has been driven in the armour of incivility in the internet– some person made hurtful comments about some model, and is being made to face the potential of consequences.

Good, say I, but with a quiver in my heart. This medium sees a lot of language float past that would shame a drunken sailor in previous ages, and putting a cork in the flow of aimless obsenity is not an entirely bad thing. We are, however, given to extremity– if it proves to now be trouble-provoking to say negative things here, it may happen that debate and opinion dry up entirely.

I offer as an example my previous lamentations about Quink (which I will, I hope as much as anyone, drop soon). I present my opinion about the current quality of a product, in what I believe is a reasonable and non-nasty way. With this change in the wind, though, might the vast corporation responsible for the item view it as easier to cry “Libel!” than to even consider returning to the previous formulation of the product? I am, after all, just one man, with a business so small it can hardly be said to exist. I’d squish easy.

Well, I’m not going to conduct myself any differently for the moment. There is a difference, after all, between hurling epithets and making fair comment. I just hope judges in the near future can tell the difference.

Today’s pen: Parker “51” aerometric
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Nuit (which, happily, remains blue)

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