Why did I post it? Real simple. I was in the midst of an ongoing
discussion on the STAR TREK forum on Compuserve. I wasn't in the B5
area. The topic at hand was Voyager, and people wondering about it and
its relation to DS9, the latter not generally getting the respect that
they feel it deserves. Having just heard the story around town that the
friendly folks at Paramount are worried about DS9 pulling viewers away
from Voyager/UPN for a second time in just a few days (from a high ranking
person with Star Trek), a concern that others have confirmed here has been
floating around for a while now, that they too have heard...and having
just had a number of articles coming out in the mainstream press asking
very similar questions about whether or not there's too much ST around
(including the LA Times and TV Guide), it was timely, it was of potential
interest to ST fans, it was in the ST area, so I mentioned it...the same
as I'd mention any other piece of news. No more, no less.
There can be no agenda because there's nothing to achieve that would
be to the detriment of ST or the elevation of B5. The implicit
assumption is that if ST folks want DS9 to continue, they should make that
eminently clear via continued support. That is the only possible result
of that information. Yes, indeedy, one can clearly see how that benefits
B5, can't we?
The other day, in a similar ST topic, I mentioned that I *very much*
liked the episode of VOYAGER that aired on Monday. Heaven only knows
what dire conspiracies that comment will imply to some with no fucking
life (viz: Mr. Thaxton). I mentioned it on CIS for *exactly* the same
reason that I mentioned the bit on DS9...because I figured it might be
of interest to the readers, and because that's what was on my mind at
As opposed to the estimable Mr. Thaxton, who has been spreading all
kinds of vicious rumors here which ARE destructive, which are and have
been hurtful, and which are without support. It seems to me more than
a little hypocritical that someone who does nothing but spread lies,
gossip, rumor, character assassination and innuendo would go into
meltdown over a rather reliable story that has been picked up by major
newspapers, and confirme by others here.
And then, when these facts come out, he falls back on the only tool
he has left: to villify, impugn or otherwise call into question the
motives for doing so. Never mind that it's actually a Real Thing, why
did you SAY it? For the reasons given. If that's not enough for some
pinheads among us, tough.
And haven't we all gotten tired of the game by now? Ford or one of
his few netbuddies posts something outrageous, eliciting responses taht
are justifiably angry, and then proceeds to make fun of the replies because
their anger is perfectly in tune with the offense.
This is the classic bully's tactic...hit you and hit you and hit you
until he gets the reaction he wants, and then he makes fun of your
reaction, hoping to get another one.
How much longer does this have to go on before people catch wise to
his game? How much longer can one justify falling for the old "pull my
If you're doing this on my behalf...don't. Just *ignore* the man; I
get FAR more upset when I see others being attacked for the simple crime
of defending me against baseless attacks than I ever would get over the
original attack, in large measure because I simply Do Not Read his posts
anymore. He is irrelevant to my life, to the life of anyone involved
with the show, and to the show itself, and to all of you.
We all know that no matter what is said or done, somehow he or one
of his three or so ilk (and that's ALL THEY ARE), will attempt to twist
it around to make it sound somehow dubious. That's because they are
sick, lifeless, twisted individuals who have nothing else to do. So if
we know this is always going to happen...why even bother reacting to it?
I have 543 messages sitting in my mailbox right now; the majority of
them are the "SHIT" thread in one of its various incarnations. Is this
really the best use for this rec.arts area?
If you have killfiles...use them. Don't you understand that by
responding in any way, manner shape or form, you are giving him *exactly*
what he wants...and *encouraging* him to do more of it? You are creating
the problem by giving him validation...validation that only comes in the
form of the echo caused by his voice. Stop being the echo.
I don't read his posts anymore; if I see it come up on the header,
I just delete it. The only way I know something's going on is when I
see a big thread, and sometimes run across an imbedded quote. And
y'know, I'm much happier about it.
You must understand that this is simply what he does. One of the
benefits of being one of his many targets is that you tend to hear from
others...people at record industry magazines, radio stations, other
composers and producers who have been targeted by Ford, harrassed and
stalked on the nets. HE STAYS UNTIL PEOPLE UNIFORMLY IGNORE HIM. The
more you ignore him initially, the more outrageous, defamatory, libelous,
smarmy and ultimately desperate his comments will become. But eventually
if he is frozen out, he will go away in search of new prey.
This is how he gets off, people. Pure and simple. Some of the horror
stories I've heard from others similarly targeted would curl your hair.
And along the way, I've learned a lot about Mr. Thaxton, more than I
really wanted to know. More, I suspect, than he would be happy to know
that I know.
We have new episodes beginning this week. Ignore the jerk. I ask
this as a personal favor; I get more upset by seeing this drag on, and
seeing others get hurt and insulted, than by *anything* Ford can ever say
Because anything he has to say is a fiction, or simply irrelevant.
So stop this. Please. As a personal favor.