Quote:To frame it like a calculating move is up there IMO with qanon conspiracies.
No, that isn't what I said.
There is no need for Al Ewing, or anyone, to come out and throw another creative person under the bus like this. None. All you do is keep to your own concerns and let others make their own minds up on a subject.
We are in an age where the internet allows for instant 'execution' and it is becoming the case that it is dog-eat-dog for any creator, that included Al Ewing potentially, so in a business where people now have to reuluctantly accept that they cannot trust fellow freelancers, and freedom of expression is a fallacy, the only way forward is to try to stay away from fellow freelancers. To try and go solo, via substack or crowdfunder.
As not only will you have full control of your own output and creations, you won't be living under the constant worry that one of the people you work with, as a freelancer, isn't going to attempt to destroy you via the internet.
It isn't about whether Al Ewing has an opinion on Joe Bennet. It is about Al Ewing knowingly and willingly coming out very publicly and knowing he will almost certainly destroy Bennet's career in the US.
That lack of any thought or care of a fellow creator reliant on commission, just as you are, doesn't leave you with a lot of respect or trust from you other fellow creatives and freelancers.
Because they can't trust you.
Say what you will but Bennett is solely responsible for his own sabotage.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
I could say the moderators of the board are 8 year old kids and draw caricatures of them but if I was banned, it's my fault because I was stupid enough to do so in a public forum. If other forum members reported me to them, it wouldn't be their fault, it'd be mine for being stupid in the first place.
If Ewing hadn't said anything, there'd still be the Bleeding Cool article.. and what then? Is it his fault for reporting on something newsworthy that Bennett was dumb enough to publicize? That's not cancel culture.
There's freedom of expression but not freedom from consequences. Too many people fail to grasp that.