Thinking Bloggers

Jim Burroway

April 11th, 2007

thinkingbloggerpf8.jpgA couple of weeks ago, Terrance Heath tagged me and four others with the Thinking Blogger Award. The first response on my part, of course, should have been to thank him. If I had to come up with a short list of five thinking bloggers, he would definitely be on the list, without question. I wouldn’t have to think twice about it. And so I am very honored and flattered that he thought of me.

But the second response I should have made was to respectfully, but gratefully, decline. You see, the TBA really isn’t an award so much as a meme that’s called an award. And while it’s very generous — and altogether proper — for people to recognize others who make them think on a regular basis, memes have a way of circulating around the internet until they hit just about everybody. And while this meme may be dressed up like an award — you even get a little award badge to put on your blog — it’s still a meme. And because of that, eventually all it means is that you’ve managed to get yourself entangled in a web we call the Internet.

That same meme that circulated around the internet and tagged Terrance and me also found its way eventually to Exodus Vice-President Randy Thomas. He unthinkingly passed on an internet rumor whose original source was the discredited Paul Cameron, then half-heartedly retracted that post while continuing to justify it. (“I have to chuckle,” he says.)

And — get this — the meme, err, award also made its way around to Stacy Harp. Stacy thought enough to try to round up support for Stephen Bennet’s latest commercial venture, a parent’s support group for those “struggling with homosexuality” (for only $15/mo or $200/year). She also links homosexuality with pedophilia.

Being named by someone I admire is very flattering, and I really do appreciate it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not ungrateful in the least. In fact, I’m very flattered, coming from Terrance and all. But if it’s alright with you, I’ll respectfully decline the invitation to join that august company.

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