Jan. 15th, 2016

on debate

Jan. 15th, 2016 10:29 am
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I have never been a person who enjoys debate. I'm a thinker - I want to read/gather as much information as I can, review it, understand it, consider the options, and come to a conclusion. I do enjoy some point/counterpoint stuff that's written out as long as it's done in a clinical way. When it turns into personal attacks and 'only an idiot would think that' or 'that's just stupid', I'm done. I remember the first time, as a teen, I had the realization that part of the problem is that sometimes people are coming from such different places that it's damn near impossible to understand unless you feel the same way. In this case, it was an abortion debate. If you 100% believe that abortion is murder, it's going to be damn near impossible to understand someone who 100% believes that abortion is NOT murder, and vice versa.

This is one of the reasons I find it so frustrating that it's so hard to find truly unbiased information. Typically what I do is collect a lot of information from different sources and look for trends. But it would be nice to be able to go somewhere that summarizes everything objectively.

I know this is going to be a rough year on social media because of the elections. I am dreading it. I make liberal use of the "hide this post" button. Memes are frequently inaccurate, and really, 99% of them are basically just saying 'ha ha, the other side is so stupid.' That's not really helpful for anything. I've heard folks say we need "spirited debate" - does spirited debate include name calling, insulting your opponent's intelligence, and making snotty comments? Because if it does, I'm not interested. I just want to go somewhere where I can get all the facts and sift through them.

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