Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What is the point?

So, a friend asked me this week in the comments on a political blog: What is the point of arguing?

By that he meant what is the point of arguing with me. That I'm obstinate and unpersuadable on the facts.

I was thinking the same thing.

What is the point of arguing politics online in this election season? There is no pont in doing it.

We are as polarized as it gets. We live in ever more segregated fact environments. You can live in your own news-gathering bubble that confirms your worldview and not need to be confronted with another worldview. Be irritated, in fact, by being confronted with a different worldview.

It's tiring. I'm tired of being told that:

- I'm a tool of the right-wing media

- I don't really believe what I'm saying but am just winding people up

- My team doesn't have critical thinking skills or,

- I don't know what terms like "socialist" means

- My team consists of bad / stupid / racist people

I'm done.

I have books to read. Unplugging from the argument...


  1. Hi Randy,

    Just exploring your part of the Internet world :-). I hope you find a way to feel comfortable again on Roger's blog.
    I miss Tom Dark, and he is so very different from me, but in an interesting way. There are so many ways of looking at the world.
    The election in the US is very polarizing, both the right and the left seem to need to SHOUT so much. There are so many interesting issues on which there seems to be little discussion, while so much is written on details.


    M Lamontagne

  2. Solipsistic PartisanSeptember 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Unplugging from the argument? Does that include Twitter, where you constantly retweet conservative talking points and post things such as "Four dollar gas. Obama's fault?"

  3. Hey fuckface. So you predicted Sarah Palin would run--she didn't. You predicted Obama wouldn't be the Democrat nominee--he was. You predicted the senate would go Republican--it didn't. And you predicted Romney would win the presidency--he lost.

    So now that you've established yourself to be a fucking idiot, how about shutting the fuck up for the next four years? Thanks.

  4. So, basically what your saying is, "Republicans/conservatives lost because America is wrong?" That we're now Europe instead of America? Somehow over the course of the past several years minorities, women, and some straight white men decided to kill America off? Maybe you should examine the Republican message and how it was delivered to see why Democrats get elected/re-elected.