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  •  Watching it grow (1+ / 0-)
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    mikeplugh

    has been a favorite activity for me, amateur sociologist that I am. It has been fascinating. From the books that have been written, to the participation of politicians, to the media attention and opposition. This site has been a constant entertainment, w/o the a/s/l BS. See pie wars, and the original SYFPH.
    On top of all that it has also seen some amazing work done to help causes like Pretty Bird Woman House and campaigns for Webb and others.
    As a small amount of power,given to those of us that felt powerless,in the face of overwhelming media nonsense, and though far from perfect, this site and others have given 'the people' a voice.
    This does not mean that there are not deep disagreements among members here,there are. But as a social network,it has worked, on the whole pretty well, which is about all you can expect from humans.

    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      juslikagrzly

      My participation here has uncovered some very interesting and diverse ideas. The brilliance, as I see it, is that the community here is built on the exploration of disparate interests, but frames them in a very coherent way.

      "A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience" -John Dewey

      by mikeplugh on Thu May 22, 2008 at 07:03:52 AM PDT

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      •  And the loads of experts (3+ / 0-)
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        who weigh in. Like bonddad, and jerome, and so many others. These people have nothing to gain for their work, except for being what I call 'world citizens'.

        •  I'm amazed... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...at the reach of this medium and the ability it offers to connect and build.

          "A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience" -John Dewey

          by mikeplugh on Thu May 22, 2008 at 07:14:23 AM PDT

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          •  Actually, I am not amazed at all, (2+ / 0-)
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            from being a participant in many a chatroom and an admin, at a few, the potential was always there.
            And you might want to remember that here is a person who recalls party lines on telephones and three TV networks.
            People love to talk, and share.
            Another aspect of it that I like to emphasize is, that online, no-one has to look at that person ,or interact with them at work tomorrow,or at the grocery store, so there is a certain amount of emotional, and physical distancing, which allows disagreements to NOT ESCALATE.
            Whhew ,that is a good thing.

            •  Good and bad (0+ / 0-)

              The anonymity is positive in the sense that it can remove a good deal of the visual associations we have with our conversation partners, but it also has some drawbacks in that it doesn't allow for real accountability. That's where I find the "vote to promote" feature fascinating.

              I also think that the organic qualities of these comments threads are unique in that an autorefresh will allow you to visually record the evolution of dialogue and multiple communications. It's like being in a bar and seeing cartoon balloons over every person's head.

              "A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience" -John Dewey

              by mikeplugh on Thu May 22, 2008 at 08:51:16 PM PDT

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              •  Real anonymity is an illusion. (0+ / 0-)

                if you post here or anywhere, if someone wants to find you, they can.
                BOO! I can see that cartoon balloon, and it says 'enemy'!
                or 'friend'.
                Love the cartoon balloon analogy, but don't over analyze. It is what it is.

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