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Thoughts on The Blogosphere

First, thanks to those who participated in Wednesday's "All To The Good" constructive debate. I do believe we have shown that civil discussion and dialogue is possible, once folks decide to stay on the high road. That means there is hope for the next generation.

The world is constantly changing, and so far as I can tell it's both for the bad, and for the good. We always seem to be in some degree of peril, but we also see brave, noble, and ingenious ways suggested to solve problems and make life better. Predictions that newspapers and broadcast news are going the way of the polyester leisure suit are off the mark, but it is certain that online analysis and forums are coming into broader participation and authority. It's up to us all to lay a strong foundation, on noble principle and intelligent design.


Comments (11)

WoW! 30 whole comments isn'... (Below threshold)
jp2:

WoW! 30 whole comments isn't bad. I'm sure the total was much higher.

How many did you delete/edit?

Intelligent design? Your a ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Intelligent design? Your a fan, eh?

I edited a total of three p... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I edited a total of three posts; two to remove attempts to hijack the topic, and one for a negative attack on a contention made. No comments were deleted.

I guess jp2, that even a positive-only thread, which received thoughtful discussion on all sides, is something you feel you have to demean? That, sir, defines your limits and character, and it seems a truly pathetic condition for you to live within.

If my character is truly ba... (Below threshold)
jp2:

If my character is truly based off of a barely read post on a third tier weblog by one of the lower rung "writers" then I have some serious soul searching to do.

"that even a positive-only ... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

"that even a positive-only thread, which received thoughtful discussion on all sides,"

Well done, DJ. Well done, indeed.

A similar experiment was conducted at Pelican Bay
wherein inmates were allowed to flush at 10:40,
in the PM AND the AM. Virtually eliminated
shivs and verbal abuse.

Jp2, apparently yes.<... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Jp2, apparently yes.

Especially if you feel so compelled to argue about a post you claim is so ignored, by a writer you cannot manage to respect under any circumstances.

Also, there are many fine decaffeinated alternatives on the market these days, by the way ...

They are just as tasty as t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

They are just as tasty as the real thing.

A Real Genius reference! I'm liking you more and more, DJ.

Thanks mantis. My real fav... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Thanks mantis. My real fave from the movie?

"I like to reflect on the immortal words of Socrates, who said:

'I DRANK WHAT'?!?"

DJ,Despite our dis... (Below threshold)
ryan a (the filthy centrist):

DJ,

Despite our disagreements over the merits of particular linguistic terms (relating to the fecal eliminations of large male bovines), I think that you have a good idea going with this "constructive debate" experiment. I also think that it would be a good idea to make this a regular part of your posting routine.

Although I still think that respectful rebuttals should be allowed, as they are a key aspect of debate and discourse.

And while I had some beefs with certain aspects of your last long post, I meant to say that I felt it was a well-written piece. Indeed.

Now, if you can excuse me I gotta hop on this here chopper and head to Sturgis...

I have determined that jp2 ... (Below threshold)
jp who?:

I have determined that jp2 is desperately in love with Wizbang and can't stay away. Go Wizbang! You Rock!

Wait just a cotton-pickin' ... (Below threshold)

Wait just a cotton-pickin' minute here!

Are you saying polyester leisure suits are OUT?

's'alright, though. They were getting covered with those little pulls anyway . . .




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