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Thoughts about blogging and such [Jul. 18th, 2009|10:10 am]
Hilzoy, a relatively well known blogger, is retiring from blogging. She said she started blogging because the country had gone a bit crazy and there was a lot of loss of assumptions of good faith. She wanted to help gather together folks from both sides and discuss things in ways that let essential humanity show through (that's my paraphrasing, at least), and did so, and felt that it's time to move on.

And it's been making me think.

I think the idea - get folks with different views together, and discuss things, can help. And I think it's necessary. At the same time, there's still some craziness in this country, and it bothers me.

I wonder if that might not be the right idea... rather than trying to fight the craziness, maybe it's possible to work the middle. And maybe that's the only way to fight that kind of insanity, because you *can't* change the insane folks.

[User Picture]From: wyang
2009-07-27 11:33 am (UTC)

Belated response.

Oddly, John, I've had the same idea. During the election season (that is, uh, all of last year) I had numerous very productive e-mailed debate/discussions with some of my conservative friends.

I didn't think about it in the context of how to change minds or influence the process -- I saw it more as an act of self education and a "raised bar" of civil discourse with regards to politics.

I'm currently cooking some thoughts on health care reform....


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