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July 02, 2006

Hypothesis Confirmed

I'm closing the thread Hypothesis, i.e. making it permanently hidden to everyone but me.

I thought I might have to do this as soon as I saw people name names. There is no need for this blog to be a permanent record of grudges that will prove irrelevant in time.

It was not my intention to overtly and publicly disparage the student society in question. It was meant so that those involved would know what I was talking about and feel accordingly bad about themselves. Not to humiliate any particular person. Now that names are named it functions as something else – a kind of public shaming – which is unfair.

I was outraged about the whole thing and blogging it helped me let off aggression. Evidently the other commenters also needed to let off steam. The internet can help with that. But the thread quickly became a chance for all and sundry to loudly doubt each other's "professionalism" in a roundly unprofessional way.

I know that my post was quite immature, but the comments took it to a whole new level, despite the veneer of debating–club rationality. You did nothing to disprove what I hypothesised in the first place: that drama societies here are largely dominated by cliquiness and fevered egos.

As much as I have enjoyed this flamewar, in all its pettiness, to leave it on display would be unfair to those who were involved in the first place.

Now go have a wank and listen to Bob Marley, I certainly plan to.

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