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by SkepticAl, Ventura,
on Jan 9, 2007
Post after post after post, thread after thread, we whine and moan and speculate, impugn all of our public servants and insult each other... isn't it about time to consider that the anonymity and ease of these online exchanges does more harm than good? The wasted hours and the raised blood pressure... for what? Has anyone convinced anyone to change their view? Has anyone experienced an epiphany that justifies all of this belly-aching? Has anyone who was previously apathetic taken it upon themselves to make a positive difference? I'm not just talking about the Mandarin Immersion debate, but that's the obvious drama-of-the-month.
Though my opinion is clear, I do mean these questions to be genuine and not rhetorical. I'm open to the possibility that I'm wrong - in fact, I guess I'd like to be wrong. But seriously, are we better off for the ability to post hundreds of redundant messages to dozens of redundant boards just for the purpose of increasing our frustration and hardening our positions?