Bunny MailBag: an e-mail from Matthew Bird

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Bunny here. I haven't been doing Bunny Mailbag recently because we've been very busy w/ research, writing, and editing. We have some big deadlines coming up in March so we are trying not to get distracted with anything, even fun stuff like e-mail. But sometimes we receive an e-mail that for whatever reason really annoys me, and then I can't not respond. Today's e-mail was sent to us by some bird named Matthew.

"I am inquiring about your educational backgrounds. You have an intelligently crafted project underway, but you are very one-sided with your content. I wonder, have you read broadly the topics you discuss? All the readings I have done show that many of your concepts about Globalization and economics are plain wrong. Also, logically, your arguments are lacking sorely in some spots. Do you find it responsible to influence people with your simple-minded jargon? I wonder, have you researched beyond the high-school level about global economics or political science or even history? I am not attempting to be completely inflammatory, although it may sound that way. I have gone through dramatic intellectual epiphanies, I wonder if you are open to the same phenomena. - Matthew Bird"

All I can say is "typical bird e-mail". Crows and parrots exempted of course. Anyway, my response:

Hello Matthew. My responses to you are interspersed among your questions/comments below.

> message: I am inquiring about your educational backgrounds.
If I told you we held several advanced degrees here, would it make you feel better? Or worse?

> You have an intelligently crafted project underway, but you are very one-sided with your content.
Do you not understand how hegemony works?

> I wonder, have you read broadly the topics you discuss?
Yes.

> All the readings I have done show that many of your concepts about Globalization and economics are plain wrong.
Have you considered the possibility that you might be reading material written from a different perspective?

> Also, logically, your arguments are lacking sorely in some spots.
Noted. I'll try to glean some pointers re: rhetorical and argumentative clarity by carefully studying your e-mail.

> Do you find it responsible to influence people with your simple-minded jargon?
Please be clear: Do you have a problem with our style of presentation or the content/perspective of our episodes? Or do you simply prefer that we speak exclusively in a highly academic language that most people would have difficulty understanding?

> I wonder, have you researched beyond the high-school level about global economics or political science or even history?
What? What is this thing you call... "history"???

> I am not attempting to be completely inflammatory, although it may sound that way.
I'm free to interpret your e-mail on my own terms, thank you.

> I have gone through dramatic intellectual epiphanies, I wonder if you are open to the same phenomena.
It's pretty common for intellectually self-centered people such as yourself to wonder if others are open to (or even capable of) 'real' knowledge. Perhaps what you really mean is that you will only feel satisfied when others believe in the same things you believe in. In other words, please be careful (as you're potentially dangerous).

Good-bye,
Bunny