Comment 79516

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted July 17, 2012 at 14:06:20 in reply to Comment 79513

Unfortunately, ALL issues are, today, framed as a left/right divide.

If we allow them to be.

If, when we get to actually discussing them, we allow others to frame them this way.

In the end, if we're talking about our discourse, then we have to own it.

I'm not saying that anyone in MSM or even in the blogosphere has any responsibility to follow suit, merely that we need to start taking ownership of more of what affects us.

On a personal level, I don't use labels. I may be of a certain leaning, but I'm more interested in the idea being expressed. (Which is why I don't have a problem with anonymous commenters, and I don't dismiss people strictly on the basis of them previously having been asshats.) So the whole juvenile, tight-sphinctered labelling of things 'right', 'left', 'liberal', 'conservative' 'whatever' deflates me at every turn. How do you reconcile that kind of facile approach with genuine inclusion?

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2012-07-17 14:06:58

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