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    In the age of internet, most of the writers, bloggers and especially forum members go full white or black with their opinions. Very few writers, even fewer bloggers and only a handsome forum contributors on a given forum are able to stay level-headed these days and contribute with deep and rich "pro & contra" type of commentary instead of pushing what often comes off as a pre-conceived opinion that is supported by hand-picked stats and anecdotes.

    Some give very strong opinions on purpose, because it draws attention. It stirs the pot. People get angry and they react, which in turn attracts other people who share the same "opinion" with the writer. From there on, the hell breaks loose between two camps and very little in the middle to balance it all out. It's a simple tactic to attract traffic and most fall for it over and over again. Ironically, the same two sides barking at each other will occasionally point out in a brief and recurring moment of lucidity that the author did it on purpose and everyone agrees (collectively tapping on their shoulders of superiority over the author), but the very next instant they'll continue with the argument. Yes, the winner is always the author of that kind of article or a post on the forum, because he'll always get validated by someone. In terms of conversation, this has NO VALUE.

    It all comes down to this : internet commenters and forum members give strong opinions because they can. They don't have to show their face. IT'S EASY to be extremely critical of something or someone when you're hiding behind anonymity. A bulk of those commenters can be considered trolls and they know exactly what they're doing. Others do it, because they are convinced that they're right and they are on a "mission" to prove that "their bible" is the only one that is right and true.

    In this very post, I will not get into any debate about any specific raptors player, the coaching staff or the front office. Not one of them is spotless, just like me and you. We all have flaws. I don't want to point fingers at any writer or commenter and I strongly encourage you to not do that either.

    Rather, the point that I want to make with this post is about responsibility, thoroughness and honesty and what can be gained off of these. I wanted to encourage everybody to be more open-minded and honest with their opinions. Spend more time looking for proof that goes against your established opinion. For you and for everybody else, there is very little to be gained from always looking at evidence that supports your already established opinion. But there is so much to be gained and so many interesting conversations to be had if you and everybody else tries to prove themselves wrong. Try to spend as much time as possible with proving yourself wrong and try to post as many balanced articles and comments as possible. It is hard. It is very hard. That's is why only few writers, bloggers and forum members are really well respected and taken seriously. It is because they bring something OF VALUE to the table. You don't have to be one of the best, but you can do your best trying to. I hope I can be my best and I hope you can too.

  • #2
    Your last paragraph. +100.

    Even in the field of scientific research and publishing report authors in scientific journals are suing other researchers who disagree with them, claiming damaged reputations and potential difficulty getting research grants. I mean WTF?

    Looking for evidence that we are wrong is rarely done by any of us, but is one of the requirements on anyone professing to follow the scientific method or the precepts of logic. It should be about getting closer to the truth, not about winning an argument.

    Unless there is an incredibly great opportunity to make the person opposing you look silly. An opportunity that will allow you to "score points." Then, of course, all bets are off.

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    • #3
      Anyone who disagrees with me is a moron

      #Trump2020 #snowflakes
      It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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      • #4
        Too lazy to read this whole thing. What's the point of this thread?
        What it do baybeeee!!

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        • #5
          I blame Trump

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          • #6
            Jclaw wrote: View Post
            I blame Trump
            That's cause youre a snowflake libtard anthem kneeling, gender confused isis sympathizing unamerican candy ass

            #FreedomOfSpeech
            It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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            • #7
              I completely agree.

              #JVstarting4eva

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              • #8
                BadDinosaur wrote: View Post
                In the age of internet, most of the writers, bloggers and especially forum members go full white or black with their opinions. Very few writers, even fewer bloggers and only a handsome forum contributors on a given forum are able to stay level-headed these days and contribute with deep and rich "pro & contra" type of commentary instead of pushing what often comes off as a pre-conceived opinion that is supported by hand-picked stats and anecdotes.

                Some give very strong opinions on purpose, because it draws attention. It stirs the pot. People get angry and they react, which in turn attracts other people who share the same "opinion" with the writer. From there on, the hell breaks loose between two camps and very little in the middle to balance it all out. It's a simple tactic to attract traffic and most fall for it over and over again. Ironically, the same two sides barking at each other will occasionally point out in a brief and recurring moment of lucidity that the author did it on purpose and everyone agrees (collectively tapping on their shoulders of superiority over the author), but the very next instant they'll continue with the argument. Yes, the winner is always the author of that kind of article or a post on the forum, because he'll always get validated by someone. In terms of conversation, this has NO VALUE.

                It all comes down to this : internet commenters and forum members give strong opinions because they can. They don't have to show their face. IT'S EASY to be extremely critical of something or someone when you're hiding behind anonymity. A bulk of those commenters can be considered trolls and they know exactly what they're doing. Others do it, because they are convinced that they're right and they are on a "mission" to prove that "their bible" is the only one that is right and true.

                In this very post, I will not get into any debate about any specific raptors player, the coaching staff or the front office. Not one of them is spotless, just like me and you. We all have flaws. I don't want to point fingers at any writer or commenter and I strongly encourage you to not do that either.

                Rather, the point that I want to make with this post is about responsibility, thoroughness and honesty and what can be gained off of these. I wanted to encourage everybody to be more open-minded and honest with their opinions. Spend more time looking for proof that goes against your established opinion. For you and for everybody else, there is very little to be gained from always looking at evidence that supports your already established opinion. But there is so much to be gained and so many interesting conversations to be had if you and everybody else tries to prove themselves wrong. Try to spend as much time as possible with proving yourself wrong and try to post as many balanced articles and comments as possible. It is hard. It is very hard. That's is why only few writers, bloggers and forum members are really well respected and taken seriously. It is because they bring something OF VALUE to the table. You don't have to be one of the best, but you can do your best trying to. I hope I can be my best and I hope you can too.
                You gave this a lot of thought and your heart and mind are in the right space.

                I will try to incorporate this into my responses...but for a single exception.

                #Fuck Boston

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                • #9
                  The original post is well thought out..also hilarious if you picture being read by his avatar
                  It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                  • #10
                    KeonClark wrote: View Post
                    That's cause youre a snowflake libtard anthem kneeling, gender confused isis sympathizing unamerican candy ass

                    #FreedomOfSpeech
                    Yo forgot leftist... I hate the word leftist

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                    • #11
                      can someone pls summarize, I have self diagnosed ADD

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                      • #12
                        wall-e wrote: View Post
                        can someone pls summarize, I have self diagnosed ADD
                        "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                        • #13
                          Maury wrote: View Post
                          Yo forgot leftist... I hate the word leftist
                          It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                          • #14
                            S.R. wrote: View Post
                            Thank you good sir

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                            • #15
                              TRex wrote: View Post
                              Too lazy to read this whole thing. What's the point of this thread?
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