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  •  Every now and then, (24+ / 0-)

    I stumble into a diary or thread that makes me furious.  I know myself well enough to back away and not look back.  It's not that I don't care about whatever the issue is.  It's that my input at that point will be ineffectual and (likely) stupid.  

    I don't understand for a second why people seek out such confrontations.  I love a good discussion or debate, but argument for its own sake is just plain silly.  Life is too short to waste any of it on such nonproductive yammering.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 02:56:04 PM PST

    •  I am convinced (12+ / 0-)

      that some people get a thrill from the controversy of it all, perhaps buttressed by their notion of their role as some kind of online super-crusader for cause "x", crushing online enemies with furious keyboard pecks!  

      Shorter Version : Some Live For Pie

      ... just floating by ...

      by cumulo on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 03:27:59 PM PST

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      •  I think you're right, (3+ / 0-)
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        but I still don't get it.  I mean, I don't understand why someone would get his/her jollies out of yelling smack at some other anonymous schmuck.  I prefer my accomplishments to be a little more tangible.  Maybe it's just that I'm beginning to see the end of my life and know that I have to make a real difference soon.  Of course, I also hate confrontation, so that could be a big part of how I feel about it.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 03:51:02 PM PST

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      •  Absolutely!!! (4+ / 0-)
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        Some people live for the confrontation (I am the opposite).
        I went into one diary earlier (I won't say which one) and there was one Kossack who seemed hell bent on agitating his group...things were too calm for him(I think him but I'm always wrong on who is male/female) - - it seemed obvious that his favorite part of DK is the confrontation. Made me wonder if he was doing it for the thrill or had some other nefarious reason.

    •  Lol, my girlfriend (4+ / 0-)

      always accuses me of "arguing for the sake of argument" too much, and I suppose I do. In school I'd often take up arguments with which I completely disagreed just because I felt they were underrepresented (my civics teacher thought was a conservative Republican). I'm a pretty dialectical guy--I'll fight with somebody else if s/he happens to be around, but I'm perfectly happy to argue with myself if need be.

      That being said, I'm well aware of the dangers of flame-wars. If it becomes clear that the other gal/guy isn't evening listening to what you're saying and just repeating the same point, except LOUDER and LOUDER--that's when you should back away, because that's just shouting, not argument. I think people should be open to criticism and criticizing others if they disagree (it's the internet, for Christ sakes!), but I draw the line at people who just run out of things to say and refuse to admit it.

      •  Real discussions, even if they're loud, (5+ / 0-)

        are one thing.  Planting one's feet in concrete and insisting, "I'm right!" is another thing entirely.   BTW, I've done the devil's advocate thing myself, but it was in person with people who were willing to debate.  It serves a useful purpose, helping to refine both sides of an argument.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 03:55:04 PM PST

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