Tell Me More About This Cost to Peoples’ Careers
August 26, 2015
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At this point with the Hugo thing, I’m more concerned with just how far various media outlets will go to push a narrative that is obviously untrue. I have plenty of friends that are more cynical than me that are like, “dude… it’s always been like this; you didn’t know?!” Well no. I had no idea that it could be this shameless, this coordinated, and this relentless over something so petty. I don’t understand how people can observe this first hand and then walk away. But there it is. And you know… I tend to think people are generally honest and I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. But seeing person after person swallow obvious lies and then puff themselves up because of how easy it is to counter the straw man arguments that supposedly motivate their opposition… it really does surprise me.
Now that the facts are all in, there’s no shortage of gloating from various players . The bulk of it, I can pretty well pass over. Oh, there are some zingers here and there among the spin and the sour grapes that are particularly entertaining. But this bit from John O’Neill over at Black Gate I think deserves more attention:
I don’t mean to be unkind but, come on. This is idiotic. Every nominee made their choice back in April — to accept the glory of a Hugo nomination, walk arm-in-arm with the Puppies, and risk the wrath of the Hugo electorate coming down squarely on their shoulders, or to forgo the glory of a Hugo nomination because the price was too high.
Black Gate made its choice, and we paid a price for it. So did every other nominee. Anyone who pretends they couldn’t see that cost — to their career and to their reputation — is either a liar, an idiot, or so blinded by pride that they willfully ignored what was obvious to everyone else.
I think I’ve read every single article on this kerfuffle, but I haven’t seen anything that breaks down this aspect of the affair. If it’s as blindingly obvious as John makes it out to be, it ought to be really easy to explain, even to people that aren’t following this closely. So, John… what exactly are the professional costs to the puppy nominees that got “No Awarded” this year?
Update: John has answered here.