... what people think they are achieving by telling someone in the public eye that they are being laughed at.
My readers and even my detractors tend to be fairly polite. This morning, after the L.A. Times ran a Counterpunch article by me responding to a factually inaccurate (in the part about me) and mean spirited (in the part about the BFCA) article that ran in the paper a couple of weeks ago, I got one of those notes.
If you are feeling the urge to send a nice note to comfort me, thank you, but really, it's unneccessary. I'm not worried about being a loser or a joke. I do take it seriously when people write and make me thoughtfully question a position I've taken on something or a tone that was unfortunate. But this kind of stuff is just so third grade. I hope, at least, that sending it made the writer happy... but I doubt this guy is ever very happy.