Are Political/Ideological/Religious Forums just pointless rants or do they actually change hearts and minds?
To me they seem a distraction from what the goal -- or at least -- my goal is here. Yes, they can be seductive we all love a good argument but not really why I am here.
I agree with you totally. This is a writers' platform and there are so few forums that have anything to do with writing except for the sandpit, which is usually some inane word or name or number game. There are plenty of religious and political platforms out there if people want to get involved with masters of that sort of thing. Here, they're just bullies and instigators.
Well, the funny thing about writing is that it is an all inclusive format. My specialty is film, so I write about that and hope people enjoy it. I enjoy reading about film, but also about politics, because that was my minor. If this place was entirely about writing it wouldn't have the same draw,
There are some that come across as bullies, but I've chosen to ignore them and instead discuss matters with people who may disagree, but who also can be civil about it. So, far it's worked for me. Although I admit I haven't been here for that long.
One more thing, as a screenplay writer, I couldn't come up with half the ideas that some people spout off here. I really appreciate the different perspective because it can bring complexity to what would have been a one dimensional character or narrative.
This thread should be banned for being a calm and intellectual discussion!
Many people are going to tell you that no one is going to change their mind about the beliefs which they already solidified. However, I have more in-depth knowledge which works to my advantage, which I am not about to reveal and it reinforces my actions on the forums.
With that said, do try to stay out of trouble.
I would say it's not one or the other, but a mixture. I've had some really wonderful, enlightening conversations in the religion forum; I just ignore the angry proselytizers of either variety.
In the politics forums, there are a couple of conservatives that I respect and can have a conversation with, but they're relatively few (sadly), so I've spent less time there.
I think forums on this website very rarely change people's minds, as in a complete turnaround.
For those who approach the forums with the object to learn, they will learn. About themselves and others, and possibly even more about the subject about which they debate.
For those who approach the forums with the intent of forcing their ideas down everyone's throats, they learn nothing and contribute nothing.
I have learned a lot from these forums. It has not changed my mind about anything; but it has given me a broader perspective on some things, as well as given me some insight about the psychology of the human mind and behaviorism during debate.
I find it useful. But that's just me.
It seems to me that it is reasonable to participate because it might drive some traffic to your Hubs.
well spoken ... perhaps it will shine as beacon of reason ........... nah!!!! unlikely.
I can say that I have learned alot. Some about evolution, Judaism, Athisim and just how ugly people can be to complete strangers because they have a computer screen between themselves and another. I love Hubpages! This is almost a second home to me. I don't know that I have one enemy here despite what others might think. I love hearing everyones ideas....even if their just trying to get me upset, which I just learned is called "trolling" I learned this because someone said I was doing that so I withdrew from the conversation.
I stopped posting in forums for a bit there because someone started 'online yelling' at me. I was told not to take it too seriously and have absorbed that advice I state my opinions and have been open to others. That's all I can do.
Neither. These forums allow all to participate and voice their opinions which are parts of discourses in a democratic and open society. Thank God for these forums. Participate and disagree to your heart's content but be civil and adult about it.
haha. that's what it feels like most times
How'd you get that pic of me? Certainly this is after my redbeard went white but thur I be non the less. Gyarrrrr
Think they rants and don't do nothing, cause they all have to be right! lol Ugly place to be in those forums! always leaves a bad taste in my mouth!
As I said earlier I try to avoid the distraction but some of the ideological lunacy makes it difficult to not wade into the morass occasionally.....
Oh, good. I just discovered a quote and then this thread comes along.
"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die." - Malachy McCourt
Such forums help to show me what all humanity has in common: stupidity. It knows no political, religious, or ideological boundaries. Quite frankly, it even transcends intelligence levels.
My unintentional modus operandi around here has been to get mad at a debate thread, compose an eloquent and scathing reply, take a deep breath, look at it again, wonder what's the point, close the tab, and get on with my life.
a wiser man than 99% of those who are a member of the Hubpage community sir
A wiser man possibly but what's the fun in that. Getting the blood pressure up of some people can be more than a little humorous.
That's a good question..."I don't know" ;-) (Plato would be proud! lol)
Pointless rants based upon no rationality. And when you make a point hubpages makes you understand that it would harm sensitive souls.
And who are those sensitive souls? You. But who are they to judge you, us? Do we need baby-sitters to tell us what is politically correct?
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