Something I’ve noticed about the discussion here at Blogging Blue

Without pointing fingers in any specific direction, I just wanted to share my thoughts on some observations I’ve made as I’ve read through the comment threads from the past couple of weeks.

I’ve noticed a definite uptick in the amount of personal attacks and name calling between commenters, and it seems to me that there’s simply no need to behave like that. If you want to name call and make personal attacks against each other, there are no shortage of blogs on both the left and ride side of the political spectrum that will accommodate you, but this isn’t one of those blogs.

The goal I had when I made the decision to start this blog was to share my thoughts and hopefully prompt a discussion with whoever was reading, without that discussion having to devolve into name calling and attacks. We have enough of those kinds of behaviors in our political discourse as it is, so if you can’t comment without attacking someone or calling them a name, then find somewhere else to go.

I refuse to allow this blog to become an echo chamber of like-minded commenters, and while some of you may believe that my willingness to allow/tolerate different viewpoints is naive (or whatever other words you want to use), just keep in mind what I’ve written. I want discussion and even heated debate – I don’t want name calling and personal attacks, because I’ve long believed (and I’ve been told by others) that part of what makes Blogging Blue interesting is the fact that it’s not just another echo chamber.

Having written that, I know I’m guilty of having engaged in some of the very same behaviors I’m writing about, but that’s something I’m going to be working on.

Ultimately, if you’ve got a problem with what I’ve just written, then this probably isn’t the blog for you…


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