Michael Voris twirls his pencil at the beginning of each of his vortex videos as a visual aid to his tagline: “where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed.” One might argue that he should point the pencil downward instead of upward as a visualization of perhaps a more accurate tagline: “where I stir the pot everyday in the Cathlolic blogosphere.” But actually, I am okay with the vortex metaphor. Vortices tend to suck all that surrounds them into themselves and create a great deal of destruction.
We all know that the blogosphere can be a pretty toxic environment. It is easy to depersonalize others or even to depersonalize oneself in the isolation of the virtual world. Professional communicators as a species are particularly susceptible to the love of hearing their own voices, of being clever and eloquent and of getting one up on an adversary. I have done it many times. The internet provides endless opportunities to indulge oneself.