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June 28, 2007 |
I am always amazed at how many people find something offensive on APHC, as well as other places. I find it disturbing at how thin-skinned a society we've become. It seems as though people nowadays feel they have to be offended by SOMETHING, otherwise they'll give the impression of being apathetic, uninvolved or uncommitted. It's gotten to the point of being ridiculous. My guess is that it's a symptom of our increasingly polarized political environment.
Personally, I can't remember the last time I was offended by anything. If something I dislike or disagree with bothers me, I just shrug it off and get on with my life. My message to anyone who is so easily offended: Lighten up, people! How do you see it, Garrison?
People who write in to complain are fans of the show and I take their complaints as a sign of loyalty. It shows that they have a sense of ownership. I, for example, am deeply offended by the destruction of historic and graceful old buildings in St. Paul, and Minneapolis, and before that, in my hometown of Anoka. I can still get hot under the collar if I talk about the old courthouse and the old Carnegie library in Anoka that got busted by vandals in suits and ties forty years ago, and the old fire barn and the old St. Stephen's church. But if you tell me about something similar in Charlottesville, I might shake my head but I don't feel the same outrage. So when people write angry letters to me, I take it as a compliment. And of course sometimes they're right.