JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/06/no-higher-praise.html (4 comments)

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jsid-1212807382-592695  C at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 02:56:22 +0000

I credit my husband for pointing out your blog to me. Anyhow, glad to give you an ego boost for the day!

jsid-1212859127-592719  GrumpyOldFart at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 17:18:47 +0000

Don't forget the first rule of celebrity, Kevin: "Never believe your own press."

jsid-1212862242-592721  Kevin Baker at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 18:10:42 +0000

Yeah, but is that "the stuff you write yourself" or "the stuff that others write about you"?

jsid-1212942481-592740  GrumpyOldFart at Sun, 08 Jun 2008 16:28:01 +0000

Both. I've been involved, either centrally or peripherally, in the entertainment business for around 30 years now. By the time I was 25 I had learned that 1) never take your own opinions too seriously, as the flaws in your thinking pretty much by definition occupy a blind spot in your logical processes, and 2) never take anyone's assessment of your opinions too seriously, as it's hard to find anything more subjective and feelings-based than "my opinion of your opinion."
If their response makes you look at what your line of argument was and think, "Oh. Duh, my bad." then it's valuable, it pointed out something that had fallen into your blind spot. Otherwise, chances are all it does for a subject is shift things in the direction of less brain, more emotion. Useful in a political campaign or other con game perhaps, but not helpful when trying to discover or define a relationship between *facts*.

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