|Dr. Michael Shermer receives an award|
for his work with Skeptic Magazine.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some have told me that I should completely ignore people like PZ Myers, Ophelia Benson, and Rebecca Watson because this is the only way to reduce their habit of writing outrageous content to elicit criticism, interpret the criticism as "harassment," and then use that as an excuse to disparage and demonize those who dare to express disagreement with them. Assuming they do this primarily to drive traffic to their blogs, ignoring them might help to reduce that traffic and lead to a healthier approach. Others have argued that one cannot ignore the bad apples in our midst without engaging in the sort of hypocrisy of which we often accuse the religious moderates who will not speak out against their extremists. Besides, they say, ignoring them means their bad behavior goes unchallenged, leading others (e.g., journalists) to think we might approve of their behavior and/or agree with their outlandish claims. I'm not sure who is right here.