After over 15 years of being on the Internet and getting debates, you would think I would learn its entirely pointless. Now I have joined multiple message boards where I have joined a community. In that context I have had some very good online debates.
However I constantly feel myself drawn towards totally meaningless comment debates on blogs and message boards. My most recent incidents have been in the Huffington Post. I constantly fall for the deception that I will be able present my perspective in such a way that the other side will understand where I’m coming from. I know I won’t convince anyone, but just maybe they won’t think I’m crazy. Maybe just maybe we can have a discussion where we learn from the other side.
It’s never happened.
The Internet is filled with opinionated and ignorant people. Somehow those are the only people I find myself debating.
I would like to think I’m a reasonable person with a gift for finding common ground. However based on all of my discussions this past week this is not the case.
Apparently I’m a religious nut, mysoginist, gun crazy, and I don’t care mothers or children. All of this from asking questions and stating my beliefs as gently as I can.
I started writing this posts roughly two weeks ago. In that time I have once again found myself stuck debating people on the internet. On one occasion I wrote four different responses to someone, and posted ZERO of those responses. I literally waisted about two hours of my life writing responses I DIDN’T EVEN POST.
Why can’t I stop? For some reason I just can’t learn, stay away from Online debate.