I don't see much reason to be nostalgic: I also made my very first post to Ars in the SoapBox, so I feel a natural affinity, and given the style and clarity of your first post I think you'll fit right in and will be, should you choose that, a quality participant. The problem arises when that becomes the completely dominant form of defining public life, when there are not other spaces or models to counter that. A problem one would expect in this is that since the media typically thrives on the piquant and controversial, that will colour their narrative.
The land of milk and horny Sweden Registered: In Sweden, where people are generally rather reserved towards strangers, but where people tend to be very loyal to each other once a bond is created, I think it's a good thing. I don't know if this is a good thing, really. However, and here I'm not sure if our experiences were alike, this was never an admonishment to refrain from discussing politics or religion, ethics etc, per se. In more formal settings, such as dinner parties and so on, where you are not intimately familiar with other participants, avoid subjects that likely involve deeply held convictions, and reserve such topics for more private environments. Two people generally agreeing, being respectful and extending good faith where they disagree? Mankind is a social animal, yet as we learn more and more about the universe and planet we live on, the more and more issues arise that cause us to polarize Apart from that was the non-associative, newspapers and radio, but their role was limited. Jun 1, Posted: Bringing up the Iraq war, and how horrible it is, during a dinner with them, will bring nothing but awkwardness. I openly discuss many "omg hot topic" issues with my friends, but there's a difference between talking to them, and talking to my family, who has a vastly different outlook on many issues. When two people sit down face to face, they will generally try to get along. The politeness factor aside, quote: I don't see much reason to be nostalgic: However, in today's society, information has been to a large degree de-socialized, it is no longer primarily shaped by participatory association, but by a broadcast model where the recipient is primarily a spectator. How was that for polite? However, those groups are becoming more and more fragmented due to the enormous amount of propaganda that is being strewn at us by lobbyists for one extreme viewpoint or another, and we become lonelier and lonelier. You put focus on what separates people, not what unites them. Sun Apr 20, 5: I think this touches a bit on a debate we've had in another thread, and I would say that it's not the volume of information as such that is problematic, nor the special interests, but rather how it is structured and who 'owns' it; the primacy of the intermediary. It used to be that the adolescent citizen would form their political and etc world view through a primarily associative model. Take the same two people and sit them down in front of a TV, and what would they be most likely to watch? Sun Apr 20, 6: I guess it comes down to culture. If people have that as their primary source of political socialization, no wonder you see polarization. So, media tends to push a polarizing narrative of public life. I also made my very first post to Ars in the SoapBox, so I feel a natural affinity, and given the style and clarity of your first post I think you'll fit right in and will be, should you choose that, a quality participant.
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