Sunday, May 31, 2015

Still an honor

Those of us who feel the Hugo award is an honor well worth pursuing, such a myself, probably feel some resentment - as I do - towards those Sad Puppy "fellow travelers" who have made statements indicating they want to burn down or destroy the awards.

Folks, if you don't like the award, then why allow yourself to be nominated in the first place? I mean, we can all differ on the meaning, usefulness or value of an award, but if you don't even believe in it - why bother? It's a free country, which means we all have the right of free association. Nobody forced you to participate in the Hugo process.

At the very least, bear in mind - in light of the hostility that the Puppy effort has engendered - how your comments hurt those of use who would be proud and pleased to win one of the awards. Heck, I'm still proud to have been nominated, regardless how it turned out.

The "let it burn" folks on the Puppy side are, to my mind, the corresponding opposite of the "No Award everything!' side on the anti side. I suspect the vast majority of people who care about the subject are in the vary large middle territory.

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