Lou Antonelli recently unveiled that Camestros Felapton is actually Toby Meadows, a PhD in philosophy at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Also, Foz Meadow’s husband.
Camestros Felapton is an odd duck who posts over at File 770 as well as his own blog. I’ve never really been able to pin him down. Is he crazy, or is that just his public persona? His posts are all over the place: some look schizophrenic, and some look perfectly lucid. Some are straight numbers crunching and reasonable, some are head-tiltingly “WTF did I just read?” In particular is his “talking cat” reviews, where he actually reviewed my novel Honor at Stake … and I’m still not sure if he liked it or not.
Lou, being a newsman, has sources with a good idea that Toby Meadows is Camestros. I’ll be happy to take him at his word.
But it is just so FASCINATING to see knee-jerk reactions to this particular unveiling. In particular is the insanity that these people have gone to in rewriting the laws of reality, and history.
Author Lou Antonelli, who I follow on Facebook, is a nice guy. And I don’t mean that in my usual, dismissive New Yorker sort of way. He’s a good guy. He’s a funny author. At one point, he’d been driven around the bend by Gerrold and his band of misfits, to such an extent that he sent a letter to the Spokane police informing them that Gerrold and the Puppy Kickers formed a credible threat to his life. Given fellow puppy kicker Arthur Chu and his bomb threatening minions? I don’t think that’s particularly out of line.
But no, it was used as evidence against him. A short story contract had been revoked. Gerrold won’t shut up about it and has thrown every act of friendship and apology back in Lou’s face.
But no, going after Lou for outing someone as a glorified annoyance is bizarre, stupid, and their accusations are delusional.
Even in Lou’s own post, he dismisses Felapton as a merely being a snob and a jerk. That’s it. The reasonable response by CF and all of the people around him should either be to confirm or deny, then move along.
If Felapton and Meadows deny being the same person — truthfully or not — the two of them should laugh it off and move along. If Meadows confirms that he’s CF, he should confirm and move on. Since there is no call to dox either Meadows or CF by anybody I’ve seen, what’s the problem here? Hell, no one doxxed my blog during some of my more colorful days, and no one seems to have doxxed 770…. so why would anyone dox this relatively minor figure? The biggest insult I’ve seen about him is that he’s a troll. So… what’s more embarrassing here? Felapton as a philosophy professor, or Meadows as an internet troll?
I’ve asked several of my Australian friends. There are apparently no real world consequences for a professor to go off the reservation online. So his job isn’t even threatened by this.
I’d tell these jokers to grow up, but that would require they stop playing in the mud.