Wow, that was quite a surprise this morning – logging on to find that everybody’s favourite internet troll, Terry Koeckritz, has rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible, to coin a phrase. At least that should quell the ongoing speculation about his whereabouts over the past month, whilst possibly fuelling a new discussion about his current whereabouts. (ooh, did I just say that?)
How do I feel about it? Well, Terry was a source of endless material for my humble blog and his antics will be sorely missed. In a way, I feel a little bad for referring to the “Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead” song, in my January 17th post below. The impact he left on Conservapedia will be lasting, if not ultimately fatal. He leaves behind a website which he almost single-handedly transformed from a growing, vibrant, but slightly deranged community, into a barren wasteland, populated only by several highly paranoid administrators. Conservapedia might bounce back, but it will take a combination of time and a relaxing of the rampant paranoia (not to mention rank stupidity) that keeps good-faith editors away.
But how do I feel about Terry passing? Some say the opposite of love is hate. It’s not. Those two fight it out on the same face of this particular coin. No, the opposite of love, or hate, is antipathy. And that’s what I feel. I’m sorry for his family, especially his mother, for whom this must be very hard, but as far as Terry Koeckritz goes… I feel nothing.