A word of advice for blogger and commenter alike


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a freelance journalist and blogger. He considers Bob Dylan and Walter Sobchak to be the two great Jewish thinkers of our time; he thinks Kafka was half-right when he said there was hope, "but not for us"; and he can be reached through the twitter via @eliasisquith or via email. The opinions he expresses on the blog and throughout the interwebs are exclusively his own.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Maybe it’s the Libra in me but I have these arguments all the time within myself. Well, what about this? Well, what about *THIS*? Well, what about *THIS* AND THEN *THIS*? WELL WAHT ABOUT HITLER???

    And so on.

    When I come to the internet to talk about things, sometimes I encounter new arguments that I’ve never considered and that’s awesome. Sometimes I encounter counter-arguments with which I am already familiar and then can give my counter-counter-arguments. Sometimes those give counter-counter-arguments that I’ve never considered.

    And that’s awesome.Report

    • Avatar Katherine in reply to Jaybird says:

      I agree. Arguing on the internet – if you’re arguing with the intent of understanding the other person’s position and not just proving yourself right, and if the person’s position is one that it’s worth understanding [understanding someone’s arguments for believing Obama was born in Kenya is valueless] – is an excellent way of learning about other political positions. It’s harder to learn about them through real-life discussions, since most people don’t discuss their political opinions at the drop of a hat in real life (and those who do tend to be rather annoying).Report

  2. Avatar Scott says:

    So what would one say about folks who argue about fantasy novels on the internet?Report