Is Michael Turton worth following? [Blog ENDED - September 2018]


#81

I don’t pay attention to MSN. I do know that Taiwan has liberals to thank for the freedom to have a gay rights parade. So selectively bashing liberals and lining up behind a dictator that is shredding democracy globally and at the same time touting your own liberal credentials is a joke.

He’s not wrong about his observations. Just failed to critique politicans when he needed to cuddle up to them to advance his agenda. Talk is cheap.


#82

:+1: All with you there mate.

Oh god fucking hell, “dictator” this and that, like I said, “you have swallowed the MSN narrative hook line and sinker like a complete sucker.” but off topic, take it to the IP if you like.

What a bunch of twats, turning on a guy because he didn’t follow a brainwashed bunch of SJW’s, no wonder he pulled his blog.


#83

"Oh god fucking hell, “dictator” this and that, like I said, “you have swallowed the MSN narrative hook line and sinker like a complete sucker.” but off topic, take it to the IP if you like.

But a bunch of twats, turning on a guy because he didn’t follow a brainwashed bunch of SJW’s, no wonder he pulled his blog."

Thanks for proving my point for me. The smear campaign against liberals and strawman depictions like this are exactly what lost liberals that might have supported the cause for independence. Ad Hominem attacks. Assumptions. Snark. Entitled Anger. There’s a reason nobody listens to this crew anymore. I hope you’ve enjoyed the brief internet name calling, because that’s the only thing you’ll ever get out of this.


#84

Turton is pretty laser focused on cross-strait issues, for which the Democrats have been very lame. For a lefty it can be frustrating and confusing when you can agree with people like John Bolton and Marco Rubio when it comes to the China and the asia pacific region, but not on much else.
In many ways it is what it is.


#85

And therein lies the problem.

Taiwan is a charming backwater. It mattered in the 1950s.

If the erudite global Taiwanese are not focused on cross-strait issues other than making as much money as possible, then what do we think about the concerned foreigners? Real neocons have strong opinions on a number of hotspots in the world. Anyone that just focuses on Taiwan would be seen as a paid-off lobbyist or a person with a special interest bias.

That Turton focuses solely on cross-Strait issues again and again through blogging makes him not only an amateur, but a bore.


#86

he was a pretty valuable source of info, and links.


#87

Imagine anyone focusing on shit again and again. Is kind of boring isn’t it


#88

It is great to have specialised blogs, but Taiwan politics and Taiwan mountain biking and Taiwan food? Why not have guest writers, roundtable chats, infographics (for people that don`t want to read shit), and delve into other Asian matters?

Short answer: means more chiefs and some people want to be the big guy in a small pond.


#89

:rocket:
:woozy_face:

:slight_smile:


#90

Because he already has a job?
But I partially agree. A Turton podcast or YT channel could be pretty powerful.


#91

:joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy: A job teaching at a local uni. If anything, that means he has the timeX10.


#92

Bashing Turton, teachers, libs, and/or Canadians never gets old!!! Come on. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


#93

I loved VFT when I could learn about cool places to visit, tips on travel, anecdotes etc. Very good links, source of info for sure. Just too unbalanced as a political writer and his biases were obvious. I miss the old blog which was full of inside pointers and funny stories. It was witty, not angry.


#94

I actually liked to read his blog, there were more than few times we were on the opposite sides of the fence when it comes to TP, but I knew he read well into the subject and respected him.

I have no doubt I could sit down with a beer with Michael with no animosity whatsoever. Discuss TP and agree on some things and disagree on others.

What an absolute shame the reason (apparently) for closing down was supporters of his own blog couldn’t do the same with regards Presidents Trumps administration.


#95

Indeed — his Teaching English in Taiwan blog was fantastic. 100X better than VFT.


#96

Earlier…

:cactus:


#97

I love it when people complain about the quality of free stuff. :upside_down_face:


#98

Yeah, maybe he took my advice LOL and is entering a realpolitik work situation. Somehow I doubt it though.

Complaining about free stuff? I never asked for it to be free. I will tell you this much. I would donate maybe 2 dollars per year—about as much as the analysis is worth!


#99

Being right, or even self consistent, is not a major consideration in blogging. Being interesting is what matters.

Haters gonna hate. You can’t please everyone. But even the haters give you free publicity by hating on you. So no need to pander. Just be interesting. Interesting at all costs.


#100

What’s the most interesting thing Rowland could possibly do?

@discobot quote