Twice now I have tried to add a comment to Robyn Ringler’s post. In this post she hypothesizes an advertising campaign where the appearance of a gun shot victim is used to discourage gun ownership. She credits this idea to an anti-smoking campaign aimed at women:
Previous attempts on the smoking campaign, wrote the author, had not worked. Women weren’t moved by portraits of people dying of lung cancer or by campaigns about health or social problems like the fact that smoking causes bad breath and smelly hair. But the one thing women did respond to was a campaign about their looks. The fact that smoking causes wrinkles, discolors and dries skin, and ruins your appearance made a difference.
A couple days ago I made a comment and after clicking on the submitting button was given the message that the comment would have to be moderated. As of this afternoon the comment still had not appeared so I tried again. This time I kept a copy of the message to show that it wasn’t something rude or obnoxious. This time after pressing submit I didn’t even get a “moderated” message. It appears that comments from me go straight into “the bit bucket”. My comment was this:
It might backfire too. The thought process could be, “That is what will happen to the other guy if I carry a gun and someone messes with me.” The effects of smoking obviously happen to the smoker so it’s a different situation.
The comment I made a couple days ago was a sentence or two longer but otherwise was essentially the same.
I could maybe understand it if I had been leaving comments in the past which were crude, rude, or hostile, but I think these were the first attempts I have made to leave a comment on her blog. I have been rather blunt about her on my blog but on her blog I have done nothing even remotely offensive.
I guess it’s all part of Reasoned DiscourseTM.