I am really displeased with the quality of the “Debates” going on around the vine lately.
Everyone has their own Political/Social biases and druthers and promoting/defending said biases/druthers is an expected and necessary act in a vibrant democracy. The act of promoting/defending ones political/social biases/druthers is called -Debate- and there are rules for a debate that allow opposing forces to “hash-out” their differences by making use of facts and evidence that supports their side or undermine the opponents points - with-out personal attacks towards one’s opposite number on the other side. That is the basis of the craft of debating.
What I have witnessed here on the Vine over the past few weeks on the political threads is not debate…
- Saying all Republicans are X
- Saying all Democrats are X
- Saying all Conservatives are X
- Saying all Liberals are X
- Tying disparate groups of similar political bent together into a giant mass, allowing the one doing the tying to paint with broad brush-strokes
- Dismissing individual Viners as X
These things are examples of what debating is Not supposed to be. These are acts of a desperate and weak opponent, and any self-respecting/respectable debate moderator would put a stop to it.
I have watched many stories… but commented on few. I have noticed that like-minded folks seem to be congregating in certain articles lately, and it is just a “You Go Boy/Girl” type repetition of the same-o, same-o.
Maybe Newvine is becoming just another echo chamber.
My friend and Brother Rob Vukovic wrote a META piece about anonymity here, and tied it to decorum in debate. I tend to agree with my Socialist/Liberal leaning Bro in that regard. It is too easy to name-call, berate, flame (generally be an Asshole) when no one knows your name.
I have been very open and honest about the Being that is I, Robertlyn Schultz, here on the vine. I think that anyone who reads my articles and opinions is best served if they have an idea of who I am and how I live.
There are folks here that are almost as open, and I have made some very good friends during my time here.
For those viners who insist on throwing around invectives and trashing other viners… I will finish with a question for ya:
Just Who The Fuck Are You Anyway?