Sure, it’s an obvious possibility. I usually read my posts several times, and really think about what I am trying to say, trying to be as clear as a can. This is why I am delighted when somebody asks me to clarify something, it gives me more to go on. Sometimes topics go from apparent disinterest to requiring too many specifics. I might mention that I think people should drastically decentralize and DIY things and somebody corners me be requiring me to state in exacting detail how we should all do this, and when I point out that telling people exactly how to do-it-themselves is a paradox, they complain that it’s a cop out! But I’d rather see an anti-movement of separate actors than provide a nucleus for following.
Many times I think there are already several accepted positions on a topic, so when I breeze through and defy polarization people react strongly. For instance, the topic of overly idealized forms in comics which Nelsie spoke of. Pretty much all of the discussion was split between those who thought there was too much sexualization, and those who dismissed it as not being a real problem. Then I show up! If there is a latent sexuality to the images, why not make it blatant and see what happens? (I am from the underground comix scene, where showing crazy sex is not unheard of). Instead of putting clothes back on the heroines, why not strip them off the males as well? (I tend to strive for the most sex-positive of all options). Also, I started asking around about the sex and gender of not only the readers, but the artists as well. (no answers). There were some great links to illustrate some disparity in comics representation, such as “The Hawkeye Initiative”. But I loved this site, and said “Yes, this is what we need!” which seemed to further annoy people, as being “not cool”. So all of these “unwelcome” ways I had of approaching what I thought was interesting and relevant just bothered people. In this case, I don’t know that it’s them not understanding what I said, but rather perhaps them preferring to distance themselves from my views and label me as “part of the problem” - despite my antipathy towards what they were initially expressing their criticism of.
In other words, trying to read past my words to define what my soundbyte-marketable, easy-to-digest position really is. If there are “camps”, people seem to mangle what I say to fit me in one or more of them.