Well said Lon.
In the country I live in, humour, a sense of the ridiculous, and an ability to laugh at ourselves is considered vital.
Surely no-one (especially not with the caliber of writers on Medium) would take any of this too seriously or linger too long?
Jon Westenberg has been writing for a long time. I thought this last letter of his was courageous and heartfelt.
I personally, have enough respect for him, and the other writers I mentioned, to think that they would be able to appreciate that this whole writing challenge was simply a light-humoured and very tongue in cheek, parody of the situation. And probably chuckle a bit even? Jon was ,after all, given the same status and respect as his detractors in the story.
I have to say that I thought this WAS in fact about genres and writing. I thought it was a good, light hearted way of building a sense of community whilst having a laugh.
I apologise,on my part, if my humour has caused offence — as I always say to the parents of the three and four year olds in my class — a sense of humour, is possibly the most important attribute any human needs, to survive in this world.