Outrage over Pete Townsend

· Miscellany

Here’s something odd. Back in November I posted a link to Pete Townsend’s review of Kurt Cobain’s diaries. Now that the pedophile (or paedophile, for British readers) arrest story has broken, it seems that people must be Googling his name and somehow finding their way to my old post.

Even though it was written about an entirely different topic, because it mentions Townsend, it has now spawned a growing discussion area. Weird.

Obviously people need to express themselves and stories like these stir up strong feelings (although if you want to see a livelier debate with strong feelings expressed on both sides, check out this Kuro5hin thread, where I’m surprised to see so many defending borderline practices), so I don’t really mind that this is going on, but I do wonder about the thought process (and the literal clickthrough process) that has led some of my commenters to my site.