A needlessly confrontational, obnoxiously pedantic discussion thread on a country music blog took a sudden turn at the 134th comment today, resolving quickly and amicably to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
“Obviously, it was just a fundamental disagreement,” said Owen J., who initiated the controversy by comparing a new song few have heard with an older one most normal people don’t remember. Another commenter, Gary, questioned the accuracy of that comparison, then the two spent several hours clarifying the exact nature of their disagreement, casually hurling personal insults and failing to change each other’s minds.
“Somewhere around the fourteenth facepalm and twentieth instance of the one guy picking apart the other’s grammar in an effort to seem superior, I started to doubt it would ever turn around,” said Keith D., one of many site visitors who watched with a mix of bewilderment and disgust as the exchange unfolded.
Then, as quickly as it had flared up, the quarrel dissipated, with both parties abruptly agreeing that the original point of contention had, after all, been rather moot, and what should it matter if two people on opposite sides of the country hold differing opinions on a matter of relatively little concern to either of them?
“Sure, I feel a little silly for getting sucked into it,” said Gary of the discussion he kept loaded in a hidden tab throughout the second half of his work day, firing off quips and insults whenever all coworkers and managers were out of viewing range of his computer screen. “But in the end, I believe it was a productive use of my time.”
“Because,” he concluded thoughtfully, “the final outcome was that I made a new friend today.”
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