For anyone following the blog, here is a heads up: tentatively, at least, I have decided to not permit comments on future 'Desiree speaks...so listen...' blog entries.
My reasoning for this is quite simple. Having allowed people to voice their opinions freely in the past, some, as in this entry's comment thread, for example, have abused that privilege.
I should note to anyone that has read these threads that, typically, I do not delete or block comments from anyone who sees fit to leave them. That is not in my nature.
For that reason, it pains me to have to block all of them.
I realize that some may view this as cowardice or that this executive decision is due to the fact I would like to run my blog like some fascist regime. No, neither are true and that is an important point to understand.
I have decided to do this because I worry that people will mistake this blog owner's interactions with commenters as exceedingly negative or hostile when that is not how I am, nor is it how I choose to be. I consider myself a peace-loving individual, although, because of my personality, I will never not engage in intellectual exchanges or discussions, especially if I feel a position ought to be challenged.
That is an inalienable personality trait of mine because I am naturally curious and naturally ideational.
The aforementioned comment thread degenerated because someone felt the need to be rude, bombastic, and disrespectful to me and my hospitality; they decided to derail a post for their own political purposes, even when it was not necessary. Frankly, that will not be tolerated. Differing opinions will always be allowed but if one must resort to name-calling in lieu of defending their viewpoint, that is something I will just not permit.
The reality is that most people who read this blog don't comment on it anyway; those in the comments represented about 10 percent of the regulars who actually read my entries. I find it sad that the many who have chosen to read the blog do not want to engage in the exchange of Jacko-related information, and I feel almost like people have siphoned off my efforts and my research without even the courtesy of reciprocity.
This recent dialogue, I feel, will only make people less apt to leave comments or participate in a discussion due to the blatant mischaracterizations and falsities about myself and my use of information by this longtime reader, who, for the record, I had no problem with until this recent episode.
Perhaps I am being overwrought but I feel it has put a very unfortunate and unfair negative energy over this entire blog.
Essentially, there is no point of my having comments anyway, both given the nature of this blog content and the reality of Internet lurking. I could have said 'Comment, or Die' but what would that have done? Those who are fearful or easily intimidated will never speak up; it is something that I cannot easily understand because, again, my personality is not this way!
Also of note, this blog is coming to a very grateful end. It is time because I am no longer interested in this subject, at least to the point that I would not be able to update people about the goings-on in the World of Jacko in as effective way as I could when I was more interested. There are days that I do not go into my editor to even work on several-months-old entry drafts because I have just no intrinsic drive to write on this stuff like I used to. I feel completely dejected and unfulfilled.
I will, however, make the effort to finish what I have left, as long as interest remains. And it is as follows:
- An entry on Michael Jackson and Brett Barnes' relationship, with document links and other analyses;
- An entry on Michael Jackson's books, including a pictorial of The Boy: a photographic essay;
- A two-part entry discussing the meaning of Michael Jackson's 1994 settlement;
- An entry on Jason Pfeiffer (although Jason now has his own site and perhaps would be better at discussing his point-of-view than I would);
- An entry discussing Joy Robson's 2005 testimony, which seemed to lend more than enough reasonable suspicion that Wade Robson was a intimate 'special friend'
The above list is only tentative and may be missing some potential posts. Trial coverage on Dr. Conrad Murray could also make the list, if my interest does not continue to ebb.
Again, I did not want to make this into something lachrymose, nor do I want anyone to think I am doing this out of fear or anything else.
If anyone would like to comment on my entries, you can always email me.
I thank everyone--past, present, and maybe future--for having read my blog.