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    told you so Amelia's Avatar
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    Do political forums change hearts and minds?

    Seems we mostly argue in circles ... and seems we often draw our own lines deeper during the arguments.

    But in my case, political forums did cause a change in me. It started at another forum. There was a beleaguered Republican whom few accepted as a Republican because he supported unions. His name was Jake.

    He is the one who brought my attention to how Republican policies were hollowing out the middle class and leading to more working poor who needed government help in spite of holding full-time jobs. The Walmart model, where exploitative companies raked in the profits while their rank and file employees filed for food stamps.

    And he helped bring my attention to how, as Republican policies were helping to create more working poor, so-called fiscal conservatives were also trying to shrink the safety nets for these people whom they were helping to push into financial straits.



    Jake was a major factor in how I got past my scorn for Occupy Wall Street and became open to the messages of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
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    Not usually. I use this place to keep basic writing and articulation skills sharp when work is slow.

    I do think the discussions open minds to further, independent inquiries, usually focused on reinforcing one's own opinions.

    But it's all good. More information from more sources are often useful.

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    On a different board someone I respected, who happened to be a gay lawyer, explained to me why hate crimes was double jeopardy and it changed my view. He was an intelligent and persuasive mind and his view came with something to lose. He set his own life aside to make a case that fully impacted me. Yes sometimes, if the poster is knowledgeable, minds are changed. Now and then even in PH, it is possible to learn from another's take on issues if the counter is logical or based on knowledge. I learn from pretty much everything Ian posts here.
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    People have to be open to it. The common thread I see among forum members (any forum) is a severe immediate defensiveness - which doesn't present the most stable ground for thought provoking conversation. Even in opening posts you will see the need to guard one's self even if they think they are correct.

    That said, I don't think there is much to change in my heart when the majority of posts are about how much one person hates another person. Day after day that can't be healthy to read, but especially to write. I guess hate is okay... sometimes.

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    Unfortunately and despite what people may say, absolutely not.

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    I think forums do change perspective. There are a lot of intelligent posters to learn from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    People have to be open to it. The common thread I see among forum members (any forum) is a severe immediate defensiveness - which doesn't present the most stable ground for thought provoking conversation. Even in opening posts you will see the need to guard one's self even if they think they are correct.

    That said, I don't think there is much to change in my heart when the majority of posts are about how much one person hates another person. Day after day that can't be healthy to read, but especially to write. I guess hate is okay... sometimes.
    I figure if a poster is posting on forums like this at least they are spending less time on the real hate media such as games and gamer boards.

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    I don't think I've ever changed anyone's mind and I don't think my ideology has changed. But it does force me to know the arguments of the people I disagree with and I generally keep up with everything going on politically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    I figure if a poster is posting on forums like this at least they are spending less time on the real hate media such as games and gamer boards.
    Typing hate into your browser day after day cannot be healthy, and it doesn't really matter what forum or part of the internet you are at.

    That's like saying "hate is bad but its really bad over there!" - it's a negative all the time Panzareta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    Typing hate into your browser day after day cannot be healthy, and it doesn't really matter what forum or part of the internet you are at.
    It's not healthy reading it day after day either.
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