Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that I have two sisters. Both of whom are intelligent, gorgeous and way more outgoing than I am. My older sister in particular loves a grand debate. She'll tell you her opinion whether you want to hear it or not! To my sister's credit, she does her best to stay well-informed. If she's ignorant on the topic, she won't talk out of the side of her mouth. She'll hit the public library and research that topic within an inch of it's life. And then she'll debate her ass off.
I wouldn't call my sister apathetic. She's well informed, vocal and has a strong enough personality that no one is going to run roughshod over her. I am exactly the opposite. Honestly, it's amazing we sprang from the same gene pool. While I like to think I'm reasonably well informed, and marginally intelligent, I'm not very mouthy about it. Code for: I'm perfectly happy sitting alone in this corner, can you please leave me alone now? So I wonder:
Does being silent automatically make one apathetic? In some instances, yes - although I always thought apathy was more about being ignorant and choosing to remain that way. But maybe I'm wrong?
The reason I ask is because of the latest controversy/discussion going on in Romance Blog Land. I have chosen to remain silent on the matter, which probably strikes some as odd given 1) I'm a librarian and 2) this debate involves plagiarism. I probably shouldn't have stayed silent, but felt that others were essentially saying what I would have and far more eloquently. Seriously, I wouldn't know eloquence if it bit me in the butt. But now I'm wondering, have I made the right decision by not discussing this? Does my dusty Master's degree in library science automatically make me some sort of authority? I don't think so, but other people might.
Part of me is glad to have largely observed this debate without weighing in because it has degenerated into name calling in some circles (notice I said some, not all) and after almost five years of blogging (yes, five) I've grown weary of train wrecks. Which is what I think this discussion has "evolved" into, again, in some circles. Which is a shame, because the issue at large is a very, very important one. It's an issue that should be discussed, and very seriously. Unfortunately human beings are extremely flawed creatures.
Part of me thinks that some that have commented on this issue should have just kept their mouths bloody well shut, while the other part of me thinks "Wait a minute, isn't that condoning apathy?" And honestly, I'm not sure where the answer lies. I'm not condoning goody-goody nice girl behavior and do think that honest, open, challenging discussion can and does happen in romance blog circles. But then I inevitably get cheesed off when someone wanders in, spewing forth nonsense, thereby degenerating the discussion into a bunch of finger gestures and name calling.
Which is when I exit stage right. Or in this case, don't enter at all because honestly, when I first read about the plagiarism allegations my first thought was, "Oh, this isn't going to go over well." And you know, I was right. Damn. I probably have been blogging for too many years. I'm getting more jaded than usual.
So what say you? Are there instances where saying nothing or "staying out of it" is the best course of action? Or should people freely weigh in and voice their opinions (no matter how unpopular)? And honestly, were you happy that I kept my damn yap shut because the Bat Cave was a happy oasis on the outskirts of the Romance Blogging Universe? And have I just gone and ruined everything? Typical Wendy, really typical.