This isn’t strictly a pitting but in the recently closed thread about Carol Stream padabe felt the need to confront what I thought was generally accepted wisdom concerning heated discussions on the board.
Note: This thread is NOT about Carol Stream, let’s try not to talk about someone who can’t currently respond.
In response to my contention that most debates are only for the benefit of readers padabe said…
I was absolutely serious. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people who participate in threads concerning politics, religion, current events, or social issues have long since had their minds made up concerning those matters. That’s not to say that they haven’t reached those conclusions through reason, but the debates themselves rarely lead to any specific poster changing their position.
Let’s be honest here… Does anyone who self-identifies as a Liberal think that when they engage in debate with Shodan or Starving Artist that those posters are going to change their minds based on something they read on a message board? Or, by the same token, do any self-identified conservatives think that when they engage in debate with Diogenes or BrainGlutton that they’re going to change their minds?
I have to submit that, generally speaking, everyone around here is smart enough to realize that isn’t going to happen. The debate is for the sake of debate itself and influencing the national discussion. The only ones who might be influenced to any serious degree are those who don’t already have a dog in the fight, and we typically don’t see them engaging in the debate in the first place.
This doesn’t strike me as an appropriate Pit thread, but my understanding is that direct addresses to other posters go here now and this is where the disagreement started at any rate. Padabe if you see this I invite you to elaborate on what your objections are as I’d be interested in hearing them.
Mods, if you think this doesn’t belong in the Pit I won’t object to it being moved, I just didn’t know where else to put it.