alas, a self-examination
When someone's assertion--blogged or otherwise--is questioned, there are, of course, a number of possible reactions. A popular one is to attack the questioner and then either repeat the original argument or change the subject. Another frequently employed tactic is to ignore the troublesome query altogether.
More admirable is when one takes the opportunity to re-examine the original statement and test it against the challenge.
Cartoonist Ampersand at Alas, a Blog takes the latter course in reflecting on a previous post that, uh, sharply criticized Garfield in favor of Peanuts. In a post of her own, Eve Tushnet didn't dispute Peanuts' superiority but felt Ampersand was unfair to Garfield. And upon reflection--and not without well-stated reservations--Ampersand agrees.