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I am fascinated by the fact that it seems to be OK to be rude or mean-spirited as long as it is about somebody you don't agree with.



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Jul. 6th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I think it is even *more* important to be polite and above mudslinging when you *don't* agree with someone, or you undermine your own supports and arguments by being horrid. Folks listen to the nastiness, and dismiss the truth.
Jul. 6th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I had someone jump on me the other day because they'd posted some links to articles by an economist who, as I joked, the conservative blogosphere thinks got his economics info off the back of a cereal box. I then made a single substantive criticism of the fellow's analysis.

I didn't consider what I'd said either rude or mean-spirited, nor do I think you would. It's possible to make fun of someone without doing that.

More challenging, of course.
Jul. 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
You mean it's not ok for me to be rude or mean spirited to people I agree with?

Holy Crap - I wish you'd told me that 20 years ago....
Jul. 7th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Jesse Helms has earned every last bit of venom being heaped upon him.
Jul. 7th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
But that's the First Law of the Internet!
Jul. 7th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what prompted this (still catching up), but I'm sorry you're feeling so.
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