I get angry emails sometimes. I definitely prefer them to anonymous Tumblr messages, which I disabled a while back. (My inbox was just filling up with “why you so shitty at your job” missives and nothing actually substantive or engaging. Except messages from Tyler Nickell. Hey Tyler.)
I understand the impetus behind sending an angry email to a writer, because you want that person to know exactly why you took issue with what they wrote. I get that.
What I’ve never understood is when people assume that I “think I’m so cool” or am “self-centered” or whatever. I’ve never read something I disagreed with and just outright assumed something about that person’s character, and then emailed them to say “here’s a generalization about you that I just made up because I’m angry at your writing”.
But then I’m operating from this side, where I’m comfortable with who I am as an actual person. When I’m buying groceries or washing dishes, I’m not an internet personality or a byline. Maybe people just need to angrily assume things in order to work through what they’re feeling.
A lot to consider.
Self-centered cool guy
April 17, 2014