Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
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The Arisia/S*P drama

For those dialing in late, it was just discovered last week that the "terms and conditions" associated with the invitation of the creator of Something Positive (or S*P) to participate at Arisia had been left hanging and never resolved. The result was that Mr. Millholland believed that the convention was still working things out, and was planning to attend--while the Programming Division Head assumed that he was no longer interested in attending. Mr. Millholland posted a rather upset blog entry claiming that he had learned--second-hand--that he had been "disinvited," and that he wouldn't be attending. I'm vastly paraphrasing other's words here--hopefully this is a fair, if concise, summary.

Some fans--on both sides--took this quite personally. I was going to reply to one in particular, this comment, in which lizreay said: "What a jerk. Some people need an attitude adjustment. With a large wrench." After much consideration, I decided not to stoke the flames in anyone's journal but my own.

Here's what I wrote:
Subject: Look in the mirror. Oh, hey! There's one!
Do you think there's anyone in the world who feels worse about this than the people at Arisia responsible? If you have any doubt, read their own words, here and elsewhere.

“Before you speak, think -Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?” --Sri Sathya Sai Baba

lizreay, it's really easy to sit behind your screen and talk about "attitude adjustment"--with "a large wrench," even. Yes, there was really poor execution on this. I can tell you sincerely--from my direct and personal experience with the dozens of Arisians I've known--that this contretemps didn't result from any "attitudinal misalignment."

I don't speak for the convention or the corporation; I speak only for myself. That said, when valid criticism of my favorite convention and the hard-working people who run it crosses the line and becomes a vituperative attack, I will stand up and make myself counted in opposition. If that makes me a "fanboy," then so be it. I'm a fanboy. You know what else I've always been a fan of? S*P. I'll never be a fan of self-righteous, thinly-veiled threats of violence.

I'm proud to have been a volunteer, a staffer, and a member of the corporation, and I will continue to do so.
Tags: arisia, drama
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