Of the 31 comments currently posted on the Whistler/A-Line/End of the World article, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb here are definitely my favorite because they typify two classic internet argument tactics.
#1: The Didn’t Read It’s:
Tweedle Dumb is a perfect example of someone who wandered in off the street while the rest of us were mid-conversation. He basically makes my argument for me, albeit in slightly different words, and then says I don’t have an argument. Here’s the general format:
“You’re way off base, all they’re doing is [insert exact thing that I said they were doing].”
Making the case decks on A-Line’s jumps mellower “so it isn’t so bad if you case them”
===> Means jumps are less intimidating for squids
===> Results in more jamokes on A-Line.
===> Defeats the purpose of A-Line and lowers the bar for everyone
As far as your “40 foot drop” comment goes, if you think there were 40-foot drops at Rampage in 2001, kill yourself please. And probably stop reading TEAM ROBOT, because we’re going to continue referencing events in mountain biking that date back farther than the three years you’ve been buying sleeveless Unit jerseys and POC helmets, and freeride flicking loam stashes on fresh trails on your Knolly for your next edit.
Essentially Tweedle Dumb says nothing of value, contributes no original thought, and his response could be boiled down to grunting and the angry retaliatory throwing of feces.
#2: The Didn’t Get It’s:
To Tweedle Dee’s credit, at least he makes a value proposition. “A-Line doesn’t matter, it’s a squid trail already, you should ride ‘real trails,’ instead” is what his argument boils down to. Whatever he means by “real trail,” I don’t know, but I can testify that A-Line is a ribbon of dirt that I’ve personally ridden a bike on, so in my eyes it qualifies as both “real” and “a trail.”
We learned folk call Tweedle Dee’s argument the “no true Scotsman” fallacy. He might dismiss trails like A-Line off-hand and might likewise dismiss the growing trend towards dumbed-downedness in prevailing MTB culture, but how will Tweedle Dee like it when the fun police come after his so called “real trails?” Tweedle Dee’s focus is too narrow to understand the greater principles at play here, but to quote the great Walter Sobchak, “this affects all of us, man.”
By dismissing the validity of the trail in question, Tweedle Dee has robbed himself of the universality of the principle we’re discussing. Either the principle applies everywhere, whether we’re talking about Whistler Bike Park, your secret squirrel locals only stash, or the city park in your neighborhood, or else it ceases to be a principle and it applies nowhere. If you think trail sanitization and the struggle for a diverse range of trails doesn’t affect your local trail area, just wait. Captain Bummer Pants is coming.
As far as being a load of whining bitches, you must be new here Tweedle Dee. That’s what we do.