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    wu ming, Welshman

    i wasn't here as much during that period, so I can't speak with any kind of certainty about it.  I don't mean to dismiss that, the attitude from the top down is a big factor, certainly, but I'm just trying to remember that such a dynamic (increase in size leading to narrowing of viewpoints) is a fairly common one in the social dynamics of communication UNLESS something is done to counter that.  Your point, of course, is that not only was nothing done to counter that (my arguement as well, since it wasn't a priority), but that more than a handful of other things were done to actively encourage that already present inclination.  

    Markos wasn't interested in having a general issue left-leaning site going on.  Progressive issues weren't at the center of his agenda, something else was, and while he's certainly interested in promoting quality discourse and analysis on his site, the narrowing of the focus did contribute to the lessening of the quality of discourse and analysis, because a narrowing of focus will pretty much do that, if left to its own devices.  

    I'm trying to be as impersonal and non-judgemental as possible in my assessments here, not because that's my standard mode of engagement, but because under the circumstances my own assessments and judgements are irrelevant.  So, I'm trying to take myself out of it.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 05:51:35 PM PDT

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