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Is anyone else out there tired of all the negativity and personal attacks that make up so much of the blog writing today? Why can’t we be critical without being insulting and disrespectful? Why are so many bloggers constantly trying to create controversy? Oh yeah, just like the 24-hour news channels, they are desperate for an audience…

Today, Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells tries to stoke a battle between The Hollywood Reporter’s Anne Thompson and The New Yorker’s David Denby, even though her measured comments about Denby’s recent article are critical but respectful. At least she didn’t insult the writer… Wells recently called blogging competitor Dave Poland a “pissy, pathetic little bitch,” after Poland branded him, “George’s buttboy” (referring to Wells’ positive review of George Hickenlooper’s “Factory Girl.” The Wells-Poland battle has grown tired and unfortunately, I spend less time reading their worthwhile sites as a result.

Of course, the LA guys don’t have the market cornered on negativity. Just last week, the valuable new NYC film site The Reeler went off on year-end top 10 writers last week, prompting the NY Times’ David Carr to playfully call The Reeler’s Stu VanAirsdale “a bit of a hater.” STV responded to a number of negative comments with a contrite open letter today.

Finally, I can’t overlook our own indieWIRE.com, which published some rather tough comments last week that went beyond criticizing “Pan’s Labyrinth” to dissing those who praised the movie…calling them “mindless reviewers” and labeling the film “the prototypical Foreign Film for Dummies” (with a comparison to ‘Amelie’)…

Maybe I watched a bit too much daytime TV over my break in California (and maybe I am reading to much into the aforementioned examples), but the volume of insults and negativity just got to me. I am all for criticism…but with so much disrespect?


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