AC Douglas sounds off a furious* retort to my post on open discussion. But not only does he "take me behind the woodshed," as Henry Holland writes in comments here**, he does so in a highly dogmatic way to rub my face in it. [Damn, mixed metaphors again.] Yet I will pick my argument up proudly, ignoring the stinging sensation in the nether regions (the footnotes), and continue the debate through my streaming tears.
My position is based on the fact that I love music. I want to learn as much about music as I can, which means that I have to be open to learning new things. The approach that ACD espouses is by definition close-minded. He knows that his musical tastes are superior, thus he has nothing to learn from other people. I do not question ACD's love of music, and if his dogmatic approach to canon makes him happy, bravo. It does make any conversations with ACD unsatisfying. I can still learn from him, but I always feel that he is not really listening to me. And that feeling is what occurs anytime a participant in a discussion is treated as inferior. But I want to share my love of music with others, and to learn about other views of music. This is why I teach, why I blog, how I live.
*Insert joke-killing explanation that this intro is a play on ACD's blog name here.
** As ACD doesn't care to engage in dialogue, he doesn't need comments.