A Comment About Comments, and the Daily FB Comment Thread

We got the rush of FB bashing comments on Day One, and then a slowdown on Day Two. But since then, comments have been coming in at great volume and of great quality, despite the point made in friend Gordon‘s but-gusting Quick column.

So we continue the daily FrontBurner comment thread. Have your say on any FB topic (ID it with the FB headline and link if you know HTML) and speak your mind.

Or talk about any topic that strikes your fancy, FB related or not. Links are always good. Fire away.

Usual rules apply: no excessive goddamn obscenity, clever forgives much, attacks on me are always encouraged, and while I’ve only ever deleted comments at a commenter’s request, I reserve the right to pull anything too far over the line. Note: It hasn’t arisen yet because everyone has been great, but I won’t create a list of rules people can play outhouse lawyer with, though I will explain my reasons if I ever pull a post.


  1. Tom says:

    (snark alert) Is anyone other than Wick allowed to post there anymore?

  2. amanda says:

    @ Tom…seriously. I think he feels liberated behind the wall of silence.

  3. jrp says:

    i was about to say the same thing…funny how Mr. Allison is posting multiple items a day now that no one can tell him he’s not wearing any clothes

    at least Tim kinda called him out for the latest ridiculous remark

    “And he also made an observation that (I think) is true, until a FrontBurnervian contradicts it:

    …no new medium has ever destroyed an old one — so far”

    wonder what else is true in Wick’s world

  4. Tom says:

    I don’t think the Internet will completely kill newspapers, but they obviously are going to have to adapt and change, much like AM radio did when television started poaching its shows.

  5. Daniel says:

    Web-E-O killed the media czar.

  6. towski says:

    Daniel, good point. In both my mind, and in my car. I can’t rewind, I’ve gone to far.

    I blame the VTR.

  7. I am going on record that while I provide an open platform, and I know Wick wears the big boy pants and isn’t bothered by anyone’s criticism, I don’t endorse it.

    Yeah, call it CYA. My best stuff has been in D, I’ve become a better writer from learning from Wick and everyone else there, and I love the magazine and its story. Sue me.

    The “Trey’s a bitch and suckup” comments may now commence.

  8. amanda says:

    My earlier point is that it’s liberating to post and know you won’t have a flurry of banter. I’ve talked to bloggers who know folks are reading, but don’t get comments/or have them shut off. They like it. Weird, but true.

    Magazines, newspapers and publishing will still exist, but it will be different.

    And, per Tim’s snark…I listened to a tape just the other day. A Stark mix. Memories…

  9. I like the conversation.

    I know how I come off, and truth be told I often mean things as absolute as they come off, but I always keep an open mind, and I welcome all viewpoints.

    Every commenter to date, with one or two exceptions, has given me either the entertainment of a wit I envy (hi Daniel!) or something to think about one way or the other.

    In short (like me), I love you all. Even you, Jack E. Jett.


    Except Tom. Because he stole Bethany’s heart.

  10. Bear says:

    Ok, now I have to go look at this.

  11. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the pat on the back, Trey. Now I guess it’s my turn to pat you — oh, wait; was I supposed to pat Amanda’s back next? or Bethany’s? — oh, once the novelty wears off, being conjoined quadruplets isn’t as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be!

    Let’s get surgically separated and become a sneering, stage-whispering cabal instead.

    Perhaps I should translate for those of you in the cheap seats: Tim Rogers is Super Jesus.

  12. Bethany says:

    *sigh* I had to do the retarded silent laugh in my cube again. Damn you.

  13. Deep Throat says:

    I also love Jack and all he adds to the conversation. I only recently learned he is the Andy Warhol of our time. Here I was thinking Andy Warhol was the Andy Warhol of our time, but no! It’s Jack.

  14. amanda says:

    @ Daniel…no back patting from you, mister. Foot rub, walk on the beach, cleaning the litter box…perhaps.

    Re: Piggy Flu

    I got two auto calls from RISD. Letters home with the kids, and they’ve whipped the kids into a frenzy (and it’s TAKS week…) My daughter was coughing whilst making “oink” noises when she came home. Kids these days.

  15. Tom says:

    I think Bethany stole mine first. Or maybe it was mutual. You’ll have to ask her.

  16. Daniel says:

    Amanda, your other three conjoined quadruplets have told you time and time again: We don’t want to walk on the beach because we find it grueling and humiliating.

    And we can afford to pay a masseuse for foot rubs — we get that sweet quantity discount.

  17. Rawlins Gilliland says:

    Confucius say: Refugees nicer… happier, funnier…than abused or bored bygone bylines in a marriage gone sour.

  18. Amy S says:


  19. Marvin says:

    Rawlins -

    That’s because the blogger-in-chief here has thick skin, is not impulsive and depressive, and does not sow nastiness. Therefore, he is less likely to reap it.