"...You don't need to write any more posts"
Asim Hanif (AsimHanif) wrote:
Jedi Mind tricks
"We don't need to write any more posts!"
"These aren't the sempai you're looking for"
"These aren't the sempai we're looking for!"
Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
But seriously, I've been following the posts in this thread for awhile. Good points!
While I mostly engage in political debate on aikiweb, much pixel-space is devoted to issues of respect, and courtesy, in political discussion. Or, as some may put it: "fair fighting." In short, it is OK to "hate the game, not the player," as one post-er put it. Personal attacks only lead to counter-recrimination, and not an exploration of issues.
Many ppl also confuse the goal of discussing politics with trying to "win" someone over, to your side. IMO, this is a waste of time. Since the Iraqi war and all the polarization of issues in this country, I have made a study of why (and where) ppl develop their beliefs. Core values initially arise from the home, or community of upbringing. It doesn't mean that, say, being raised a Catholic means that you are doomed to Catholicism, but it is more likely that your core values will involve issues around redemption, and sin (even if you don't call it that).
Even if you cannot "convert" a person to your position, there is a lot of room for exploring new ways to communicate, no possible without the internet. For example, I once started a thread in aikidojournal called "Protestors and Police: an aiki response." A post-er who works crowd control in Wash, DC during marches wrote a funny and fascinating account of his "day in the life" of a policeman on crowd control. I took his post and re-posted it on an indymedia forum, a website for protestors. The response it elicited ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. After awhile I posted a link to the indymedia thread in aikidojournal, so everyone else could see the responses.
All this (and more) is possible, via the wonders of the internet.
But, the downside of the internet is the ease of miscommunication. It is difficult to gleam emotional tone from a post (even with smilies).
Just a few thoughts: apologies for rambling.