I refuse to be forced to be passive-aggressive!

Andrew Sullivan has been complaining that Glenn Reynolds is "passive-agressive," and while Glenn said Andrew was clueless, I'm even more clueless, as I don't know what passive-aggressive means in this new context.

No seriously.

If Glenn's approach -- linking interesting stuff like this -- is passive-aggressive (er, "Mr Passive-Aggressive" seems to be the correct term), I have to say, I've long enjoyed that approach.

But honestly, I don't know what Andrew Sullivan means in using the term that way. Of course, why should I care what "means" means? I mean, who needs meaning?

I link things I consider interesting -- even meaningful -- nearly every day. Does that make me passive-aggressive too?

Well why is that? On top of all my many problems, do I have to be made passive-aggressive against my will, merely for the crime of clicking on links to which Sullivan has assigned the passive-aggressive label?

I wish I had more mental processing power and maybe I could attempt to figure out how to put more passive-aggressiveness into my links! The problem is that people like Andrew Sullivan won't stop forcing me into a passive-aggressive role, and if I wasn't more into being passive-aggressive I'd be inclined to say enough is enough.

But saying enough is enough is never enough for those who think enough is not enough!

God, I hope I'm not getting serious. If I am serious, it's all Andrew Sullivan's fault!

(OK, Andrew, have it your way! Enough is not enough!)

posted by Eric on 02.28.08 at 04:52 PM


I think Andy has picked up his beagle's ability to bark at things he senses. Whether Andy's senses are as good as the beagle is another matter.

dre   ·  February 28, 2008 6:59 PM

When the beagle starts signing the postings, I'll go back to reading them.

In the mean time, I don't find his drivel worth trying to decode.

Larry Sheldon   ·  February 28, 2008 8:49 PM

I used to read Sullivan's blog until he fell off the deep end. He's now a sad shadow of his former self.

Darren   ·  February 28, 2008 10:27 PM

Passive-aggression is an indirect way for the weak to confront the powerful, but without appearing confrontational - and it is often the cowards way of dealing with an unpleasant situation which really calls for courage.

Calling someone passive-aggressive may its self be passive-aggressive, since it requires courage to tell someone they are a coward.

Ronald   ·  February 28, 2008 11:15 PM

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