Ya know, Doc, this whole thing is deeply disturbing on so many levels. Love your essay but I seriously dislike what's behind it... all the hate that flowed in your direction. The disturbing part, mostly, is about the money flow, about what people want to read to stoke their hatefulness. Writers want to be read (and also to make a living), and there's a tendency toward controversy because those pieces get the "action" and the unfortunate comments. I see this trend in my news feed: headlines designed to shock and grab attention, dragging readers into pieces with no "news" and no substance. Sorry, I'm rambling. Maybe I'll write something more coherent about this. Meanwhile, keep doing what you're doing! But you might consider avoiding that "other platform" just for safety and sanity's sake. Love your stuff, Doc! :D