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  •  Recently I was in a group (1+ / 0-)
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    that had met for activism purposes, a kind of teach and discuss. Some were familiar to others, some new. One guy asked a fairly deep question and as the "teacher/moderator" began to answer him, I noticed that the "listener" wouldnt even look at him. He was looking down at his phone, whatever he was looking at being so much more important than engaging with the person who he had asked to explain something.

    The answer being given wasnt just a sentence. (It was actually very interesting history that went straight to the question) It took some background. So, like for 2 minutes or so, Im watching this guy barely glance at the speaker, every so often, as if vaguely aware that he might need to at least appear to be listening. Then he'd go right back to his screen.

    Something is wrong here.

    Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

    by NYCee on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 10:14:03 PM PDT

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    •  Did you ask the sinner afterwards.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....or just assume (s)he had ignored the answer?

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 10:29:29 PM PDT

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      •  His body language was completely dismissive. (0+ / 0-)

        2 seconds into the answer and he bent his head down toward his phone and kept it there for the next 2-3 minutes, for the most part, even though the speaker was looking toward him. One would guess it was anybody else sitting near him who had asked instead of him. I guess that's why they dont let kids bring cell phones into their classrooms in high school.  

        No, I didnt ask because it's not my practice to go around questioning people on what they've learned from answers to their questions.

        Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

        by NYCee on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 11:59:09 PM PDT

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        •  If I'd been answering him (2+ / 0-)
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          I'd have stopped midstream, looked around the room, asked, "Is anyone else interested in the answer to this question? Because my time here is limited, and I'm only going to offer information to people who want to hear it."

          "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

          by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 04:47:47 AM PDT

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