Scenario: Somewhere in blog-land, someone says, with genuine curiosity, “Y’know, I just don’t get ___. Can someone explain it to me?” The first half-dozen replies are either, “Me either!” or “Here’s my opinion, but to each his own.”
Some ravening pseudo-intellectual turns from monitoring all the OTHER regions of blog-land to sniff, “You know what I just hate? Elitism. I just cannot abide people who think that no one else’s opinions, experiences, or thoughts matter. It’s just this (food-snob/Calvinist/seminary-educated/white/yuppie/middle-class/Western/xenophobic) hegemony that I cannot stand, where people think that their views come down from heaven written by the finger of God. Ugh. Judgmentalism!” And then they go back to trolling at all the other foodie/natural-birth/theology/whatever blogs on which they misuse vocabulary from their Word-of-the-Day calendars.
I saw this today on a fun foodie message board I frequent, in which someone said they didn’t get the concept of drinking a certain kind of beverage with dinner. Everything is going along fine until some snark starts dropping passive-aggressive crap like “that doesn’t make you the Ultimate Critic” and “running screaming to the judgment booth”.
What kind of idiots are we if we can’t respond to a legitimate question without resorting to rhetoric like this? And what kind of idiots are we if we take the bait?