Some of you will have read recently that PZ Myers stuck his oar in where it wasn’t wanted by supporting Rebecca Watson talking nonsense, and even coming over here to comment about it. It had nothing to do with him, but in true egocentric fashion, he made it all about him. Quelle Surprise.
Also, lately, and more famously, Thunderf00t has been booted from FreeThoughtBlogs for speaking his mind and not towing the party line over there. (Despite being given assurances that he could blog on whatever he wanted).
All in all, the once respected FTB has become a laughing stock. PZ in particular is now, unfortunately, a complete joke to most sceptics, on a par with his good friend, and even more ignorant/arrogant, Rebecca Skepchick Watson.
In fact, across the blogosphere there is only one site I can find where the users consistently suck up to the FTB crew (apart from the commenters on FTB itself). That is the HeresyClub.com – a site with blogs by young (in mind and body) apparent freethinkers who think freely about things as long as it fits in with who they choose to pander to on any given week. I’ve been on a ton of sites and forums in the past two weeks, and have been glad to see that very few think of FTB as anything other than a bit of a joke anymore. Personally, I think it’s a shame that Maryam Namazie still blogs there as she is being unnecessarily tarnished.
Today, via twitter, I noticed that a new website has popped up. A parody site of FTB called Freethoughtblahgs (http://www.freethoughtblahgs.com/). There’s nothing new, and often not much clever, about parody sites, but this one is brilliant. The content is hilarious, and the thing that really struck a chord with me when reading it is how similar to the real ‘ftb’ it was. This just shows that FTB has mostly become so ludicrous in its bloggers use of blinkered hyperbole and strawmanning that it is hard to distinguish from a website essentially mocking it for such behaviour.
I fully expect the usual crew to rip into me for writing this, however, it’s my opinion and that of many many people, so I’m no longer worried about the reactions I’ll get.
‘Skeptics’ can be as partisan and sycophantic as theists sometimes, and never has this been so obvious as in the past few weeks. These people need to stop hero-worshipping, grow up, and actually see things through the eyes of experience and realism, not juvenile idealism.