Friday, May 7, 2010

I know you like controversy on your website

from August Timmermans to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" date 7 May 2010 14:47
subject posting outdated posts
Dear Mr. Tusar,
I am not the only one who finds it frustrating to see you reposting outdated emails, presenting them as if they are part of today's discussions or disputes. Would you not think that such old posts belong to the past, especially when it concerns not more than a personal statement or personal impression? The writer of such an old post lives currently in the present and might have changed his opinion by now. You do not check this out with the writers if they still agree with their earlier statements.

I write this as your current reposting of an email that dates 7, July, 2008, by Seth Farber on his personal impression of the book The Lives of Sri Aurobindo highlights some controversial issues in the book that others have painstakingly analysed and addressed in their decent reviews that have been published over the past 2 years, and such reviews took much more time and effort than the email that obviously was written by Mr. Farber as a casual email to you. Maybe Mr. Farber would now agree with the many extensive analyses of the book that exist today, than keeping to his own conclusions. He may of course not, but we both don't know.

I know you like controversy on your website and you can do with your website whatever you like, but does this really serve a progressive production of thoughts when you take disputes back to where they all began, point zero? August Timmermans

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