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Does Thumper’s mom’s advice still hold true? May 7, 2014

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I’ve been away from blogging due to illness, but I’ve been reading blogs, and recently I read a writing centered blog where a bunch of novels were disparaged. Now, everyone has a right to theit opinion, but reading that I wondered if Thumper’s mother’s advice no longer applies. Remember, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?”

This was the guiding principal of my childhood, and I’ve said it to my children. While, it has it’s flaws (the squeaky wheel gets the grease, etc.)
I believe spreading positive messages rather than negative is good for the both the person doing the praising and the people around her.

I suppose, of course, me even starting this conversation flys in the face of this aphorism, but I think blogging has in someways licensed us in the opposite direction. Not only do we express very negative thoughts, but we are encouraged to do it. The nature of people is such that various rants and alarms get more clicks, than expressions of gratitude and good tidings.

What do you think? Is Thumper’s mother’s advice still valid? Or is it an outdated concept we should stop advocating?

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1. Lyra - May 8, 2014

I think it depends on how you are being negative. If you are talking about relationships in romance and you say Twilight is not a healthy relationship then I think that’s all right. If you say Twilight is the stupidest book ever because it’s about a girl who has to choose between necrophilia and bestiality then yeah not so much.

I think that is the difference between being negative and being critical. I can read critical posts just fine but if you are just being negative I’ll skip it thanks.

karinshah - May 8, 2014

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Lyra! There is a place for honest criticism, definitely. It’s healthy and needed. Thanks for your comment!

2. Susan B James - May 10, 2014

I think it’s still great advice.

karinshah - May 10, 2014

Thanks for commenting, Susan! 🙂


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