Comment 33432

By highwater (registered) | Posted September 14, 2009 at 09:07:11

BFT wrote:

discussing a complicted political and economic issue on the internet makes fools of all sides. yes, this is complex, messy and there's a lot of people feeling strongly about which way it should go.

at this point though, in any attempt to understand where poeple are coming from, i much rather take someone out for a beer then read yet another comment on a internet message board.

I dunno. The two aren't mutually exclusive. In fact I find putting my thoughts in writing helps me crystallize my ideas. I'm less likely to employ half-baked assertions and gratuitous smears knowing that my words will be preserved in perpetuity, and I can be called out by people with google at their finger tips. Look at this discussion, for example. Virtually all the comments have been thoughtful and civil, and that is a good thing.

Beer is a good thing too. I probably can't make it this week, but hope to make it out to a future Civic Drinks night, particularly if it comes to my neighbourhood as I am lazy. Be warned though. Beer does not make me more civil. ;)

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