A Hatepost

I have recently had some visitors from a forum on language where someone has posted a flattering link to this blog. You can find it here: http://n3ta.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=9542&st=900

The commenter is entirely accurate in his or her comments about Cassidy and his fraudulent academic career and his even more fraudulent ideas about Irish. I am delighted when people notice this blog and publicise my efforts. However, I was slightly taken aback at the description of Cassidyslangscam as a hateblog.

After all, I think I am quite rational and dispassionate in my debunking. I ask people to search for evidence and to go to the primary sources themselves. And I am motivated by love of the Irish language, love of truth, love of learning …

However, when I started thinking about it (and also while thinking about the comments on the way writers lie to themselves on Emma’s blog Jot It Down), I realised that I may be rational and public-spirited and devoted to discovering and spreading the truth, but I am also motivated by a strong hatred. My blog IS a hateblog. I hate everything that Cassidy stood for: childish ignorance masquerading as a fresh way of thinking; using Irish nationalism and socialism and other radical causes as smokescreens to protect his nonsense from criticism; the rampant hypocrisy of blethering about equality while enjoying the status and privileges of being a professor – without even a bachelor’s degree; the way that stupid and gullible people have been mobilised in defence of this nonsense by public figures and journalists who should be telling them the truth.

So, hateblog it is! I’ll wear the label with pride. There are plenty of things in this world which deserve to be hated. Cassidy’s book, his theories and his crony friends should be despised by any sensible, decent person.

P.S. You can find Emma’s blog here. Check it out!https://wordsaretheweapon.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/how-to-combat-writing-lies/comment-page-1/#comment-99

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4 thoughts on “A Hatepost

  1. Emma

    ‘Hateblog’ has odd connotations. There is a difference between running a blog for the sake of being malicious, and running a blog doing what you do – debunking theories with reasons and examples. So whilst you can call your blog a hateblog, it is still educated and explanatory. Also thanks for the mention! 🙂

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  2. anwnicorn

    Wow–I didn’t expect it to get noticed! (I also kind of forgot about backtracks or whatever it is that lets you trace where people linked to your site come from.) Language and linguistics fascinate me, and I’m always pestering a fellow message-board member who works on the OED with questions about why English is so strange.

    Odd as it might sound, I didn’t mean “hate” in a negative way, but more in the way I’ve seen it used as a prefix lately to mean “putting oneself through something one dislikes immensely, in order to justify one’s negative opinion.” Honestly, I applaud that kind of intellectual masochism. Just having an opinion doesn’t make you right; being able to support it with facts and logic and evidence does.

    Hate-consumption makes you stronger for learning how to confront opposition and back your opinion up with more than just “I said so.” A few of my friends have hate-read the “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” series so that they can pinpoint precisely what they find unhealthy and grossly irresponsible about those books. I recently hate-watched “Team America: World Police” to see if it was the clever cutting-edge satire that put bleeding-hearts like me in their place (SPOILER ALERT: not hardly).

    Thus, to hate-read Cassidy’s Book of Lies and blog about its failings is to hateblog.

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    1. DebunkerOfCassidy Post author

      Hi, and welcome to my hateblog! Yes, I’m really quite happy to be described in that way. Hatred is a perfectly healthy response to very crappy things. I don’t know much about Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, though I’m told that both of them are really badly written. As for Team America: World Police, I saw it once and found it incredibly puerile, but then I never got Southpark either. And you’re absolutely right about Cassidy’s book. A criminal waste of trees. And the Kindle version is a criminal waste of electricity. Hope you enjoy the site and feel free to comment!

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