I must admit that I do enjoy the experience of a good debate, the adrenaline rush, the give and take with a qualified adversary, the thrill of victor and hopefully the expanse of ones views.
So often though many of us fall back on cheap tricks, emotional triggers, and framing points of view in extremes or black and white terms – all of which result in polarising, as opposed to elevating the discussion.
This is not a new phenomenon and has been used through the years by some of the most prolific personalities in history. In some cases the result is for the betterment of all and sometimes it is to the detriment of many.
What is new is social media, such as twitter, blogs, face books, etc., which provide an excellent mechanism to reach a large population of geographically dispersed people – that is good.
Unfortunately the speed at which information is disseminated as well as the lack of detail and time used to build an argument that can facilitate healthy communication is severally impacted in these mediums – that is bad.
I don’t know how many of you have tried to carry on a debate in 140 characters, but it is a poor forum for anything beyond where one should eat dinner and even that can quickly border on contentious if not bounded properly.
He speaks about not being able to have a rational debate with me.and yet writes “ i am not going to comment on your site” strange i think he needs to say which way he wants to go. If he as an issue then lets debate it. I have no fear,i am really beginning to find his comment amusing.