Feb. 3rd, 2011

sigh.

Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:39 am
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So I've been keeping up with the Penny Arcade Dickwolf debacle(See here Major Warning: Discusses rape).

Phil Plait once gave a talk on the tone argument in a skepticism context. You can find it here. He talks about Skepticism and how to turn people to the light. He brings up several basic questions. First off, what are you trying to accomplish? Second off, have you EVER personally had your mind changed because someone was insulting to you?

So I'm curious.

What the fuck is Shakesville trying to accomplish? Or any number of other liberal outrage outlets? Yes it's easy to be outraged. Yes it's perfectly OK to be angry. However, no, the work isn't easy, and despite wanting to have a safe space, if you're going to have open posting, open reading and open commenting, you're *hurting* discourse and the work others are trying to put forward by making the whole topic an incredible ball of hostility. There are people in the middle between you and the absolute worst thing ever. Going nuclear means that you make accessing everyone else who's not firmly on your side that much more difficult to reach.

For the love of god, don't be a dick.

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