Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Careful what you wish for

As much as I enjoy the warm embrace of the thousands of you who come here sharing my views and cheering my brilliant insights, I can't help noticing the way contrary viewpoints are rare here. Conservative voices are pretty rare on most progressive/liberal sites, and vice versa. Even my stuff at Raw Story, a much higher profile venue, rarely generates much in the way of cogent dissent. (I'd love to think that my logic is so compelling that cogent dissent is an oxymoron, but still.)

I've often thought that much more could be accomplished by trying to open up a dialogue, as opposed to preaching to the choir.

Rubber, meet road.

Yesterday, someone named "July Canute" launched an off-topic, anti-semitic rant in the comments to my "No Truth, No Consequences" piece @ Raw. In person, I can get pretty worked up about such things, but my Internet persona seems to have thicker skin, and I responded in the comments there only with snark. She responded by following me over here and ranting some more in the comments to the previous post.

I checked Ms. Canute's blogs (I am not inclined to link to them -- find them yourselves if interested), and am truly confused. She calls herself a "Democrat from the South," and does seem to share our view that Bush is a dangerous moron. But the level of invective and blame hurled at Jews is frightening -- I get the feeling the Protocols of the Elders of Zion lurk in the background.

So what do you, the bluememe regulars, think about this? Should we be using this space as a venue for some actual retail politics, and try to get some actual debate going here? Or should we treat her as a troll?

Speak up, the rest of you Anonymi. And participate, damn it.


Anonymous JRW said...

A debate sounds really boring. Especially a debate with someone who sees the world in stereotypic flatness.

9:01 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Most conservative blogs don't allow comments. And most conservatives don't bother reading opposing viewpoints unless Bill O'Reilly tells them to go spamming.

It's up to you, man. If you have issues with anti-semitic rants , then make and publish your posting policy.

Personally, I think there are no dangerous ideas, only dangerous people and would allow all non-commercial postings. Let her talk, we'll beat her up about it until we get bored and then she will get bored and go away. Or maybe we'll get through to her. It's hard to change someone's mind about something if that someone keerps his or her ideas to him or hersef...selfs? selves.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mox nix to me, I'd probably just scroll though the mud to get my daily (I hope!) fix of your own bluememish, clear and concise and colorful withal, bloggery. Arrant flattery but Word, so deal with it.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

If someone wishes to make an ass of themselves, it would be impolite to refuse them the opportunity. Such rants are often educational - sometimes we think that the other side is rational but misguided, and it is worthwhile to let them expose themselves for our amusement. And who knows, we might just educate her.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous RandyH said...

What Brenda said exactly. Couldn't possibly have said it better.

Love the site Blue Meme. Sorry I don't speak up more.

6:56 PM  
Blogger vermontraccoon said...

I'm a frequent reader and occasionally comment. I say let the spew fly; what differentiates us from the righty blogs is that we are actually interested in logical argument and can engage in debate as opposed to taking our ball and going home. I concur with esoder that she will find herself defenseless in a battle of wits and get tired of the dirty end of the logic stick in short order. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your time could be better spent on say, washing your dog, running another load of laundry, maybe checking the air in your tires, rather than on engaging in a printed chat with a person who spews race/religion hate drivel. Up to you, but, for me, I would label her troll and move on.

10:51 AM  

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