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sirmailbox's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by sirmailbox

Oye. I've watched over the years as the users of this website have shifted further and further away from reasonableness. It used to be a forum. Now it's an echo chamber. I'm not trolling anyone. I'm seriously, seriously just disappointed. If you read what HRW said, they're telling western nations to pressure Islamist groups to grant basic rights, but respect the democratic process. And the reaction is what--outrage. Total outrage. HRW is called disgusting, and a user pledges to never make another donation.

I'm sure I'll just get insulted for saying this--but that's really the problem, isn't it? Remember that the core value that we're supposed to embrace is skepticism. But all I see is dismissive attitudes, quick judgment, easy partitions of people into categories of "with us" or "against us". Generalizations, oversimplifications.. it just sucks. I wish this forum were as it used to be.

Edit: There are some users to whom this definitely doesn't apply. Like Steve Zara for example. His post was excellent. I'm probably generalizing myself, but my overall impression remains the same.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:31:46 UTC | #910839