Brian Wilson: Thoughts on ThurberWritten by Brian Wilson | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
So, Maggie Thurber “cut ‘n pasted” some material for a Memorial Day column and failed to give certain material appropriate attribution, an unbreakable rule in the principled world of journalism.
Big deal – for those who actually have and live by principles; no biggie for the rest. Just another golden opportunity to dredge up ancient history, make smarmy, adolescent, intellectually bankrupt comments hiding behind phony names, cross-posting on every blog and buzz board, trolling for admirers to stroke their egos. Welcome to Toledo: A City with Prudes.
And so goes the cyber-croaking in Frog Town. This must be how “life” (as in “get a life”) is defined in a small, politically embarrassing, intelligence-bereft town with nothing else to do but trade kindergarten-grade online “insults.” Laughable if not so tragic: seeing an entire region sitting on a gold mine, going to waste because of contagious apathy, aggressive ignorance and cyber-narcissism.
“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” – Adolf Hitler
No wonder so many idiots and criminals get elected. And re-elected.
For her sin of omission, Thurber fell on her sword.
Big deal. Very big deal. In a land where class, principle, ethics and courage are nearly extinct, displays of common sense should be celebrated. A public person actually takes individual responsibility publicly for her actions. The attacking cretins are so perfectly ignorant they are unable to recognize the merit of this action: That someone would give up part of their occupational life for the sake of an ethic, a principle – what a concept! No physical injury. No property damage. No laws broken. No injury sustained, physical or otherwise. But out of respect for the respectability and integrity of an institution and its guiding ethics, an individual makes a principled choice at her own expense – and is reviled for it.
Rather than celebrate the moral fiber of the individual with intelligence and sheer guts to publicly acknowledge, inform and resign, the bottom-feeders, who eagerly search for any opportunity to toss ad hominems and hyperbole at anyone with whom they disagree, never fail to put their prejudices on parade. It’s a spectacle only a proctologist could love.
Such are the visible rewards for altruism in a land where the majority have to look up the word.
Brian Wilson is Program Director and Afternoon Host on WSPD 1370 AM. WSPD employs Maggie Thurber as host of “Eye on Toledo.”