Theatre people like to bitch about the industry. Bloggers like to bitch about everything. Theatre bloggers, therefore, like to talk at great lengths about everything that is wrong with theatre today. It's natural and it's healthy and I think in the long term it will help change theatre for the better to get these arguments and discussions going in such public ways.
Every now and then, in the midst of all of this, one of us faces a moment where they go "wait, if I hate it so much, why the fuck am I doing this?" and then it's time for that blogger to reconnect with what is fulfilling, what makes them happy about doing theatre. This tends to lead to somewhat sunnier posts about what's good about theatre, what likes about it, the happiness one has found in it etc.
Yesterday, 99Seats wrote such a post. In which he writes about working with a young playwright, remembering how much fun, how joyous theatre was for him in days of yore when he didn't worry about trying to make a living doing it, and wanting to reconnect with that early joy.
Today, George Hunka completely misreads 99Seats' post in ways that kind of boggle the mind, insists that 99Seats is saying that joy is "the mission of theatre or art" (which he neither says nor implies), says that people who think this thing that really very few theatre artists think also think that the government should subsidize art specifically for this purpose and on these grounds which neither 99Seats nor any other arts advocate I know argues and then attacks these positions in what I guess I'll call an elaborate Strawmanum.