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Mesg #91546 "Two Questions About Controversial Works"
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Date Thu Sep-13-12 12:56 PM
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Thu Sep-13-12 12:56 PMby Wandering Author

I've just written a poem about certain very current, very controversial events. (And, out of respect for the TOS, I will say no more than that about the specifics - that much is necessary to explain the background to my questions.)

First, although I think I've resolved this in my particular case, how do you strike a balance between not being stupid and posting something online that might get you killed, without being so recklessly brave that you publish it anyway just to prove you can't be intimidated? Obviously, in the end it is a personal decision, but I'd be interested in seeing how others would evaluate whether it ought to get out there right away, or sit and simmer while you thought about it. (In my case, I think what I've written will prove more powerful, more effective, when things are calmer. And I don't see any point in pouring gasoline on a fire that's already burning quite well without me.) I'm just wondering, if this question comes up for me again and I have more trouble deciding, what you think the essential points are?

Second, my views of anything tend to be more on the complex side. I do believe black and white exist, but I also think - when anything can be defined that neatly - it is only in narrow areas. To use a metaphor, pixels may be all white or all black, but there's still a lot of grey in that picture. So my point is not, for the most part, to annoy any particular group. (There are a few groups I'll happily upset; if a bunch of neo-Nazis ever pitched a fit over something I wrote, I'd figure I must have got something right... ) In the case of this poem, it is the issue itself that I fear would make it so explosive, not the fact that I've tried to be offensive. But I do not, and cannot, see things from every possible perspective. But how do you go about finding someone to evaluate your work from that angle? To take a hypothetical example, say that I were writing in the 1930s or early 1940s. I can guarantee you that I'd have a lot to say that was far from complimentary about the government of Germany at that time. But - assuming I knew no Germans - how would I find someone who was German so I could ask them to look it over and make sure I hadn't, without meaning to, insulted German people who might hate that government as much as I did? And, just as in that example, things can get complicated. Say I did find a German who was willing to talk to me - I couldn't promise to agree with everything they said, only to listen and try to understand. So how would you go about finding anyone to help you gain a more fair perspective on things?

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Two Questions About Controversial Works [View all] , Wandering Author, Thu Sep-13-12 12:56 PM
  RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #1
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #2
      RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #3
           RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #4
                RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 14th 2012, #5
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, junedrexler, Sep 14th 2012, #6
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 14th 2012, #7
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, KatsInCommand, Sep 14th 2012, #8
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, whilstwhile, Sep 22nd 2012, #9

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