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Communication Within the Community

July 26th, 2007

Why do we immediately jump to the conclusion that a person, by stating their opinion, is absolutely trying to change ours and/or force it upon us? Or that there is some hidden meaning in what they say beyond what is obviously on the page? Do we really need to insert smiley faces and other emoticons through entire posts to make it visibly obvious that there is no hostile intent in our words?

At first I thought it was just one of
the sites that I go to occasionally. The people there are often more
bourgeois than is necessary and act as though their shit doesn't stink.
However, someone recently misunderstood something I said on another site and I'm beginning
to wonder if it isn't my speech.

I
realize there are important things missing from online communication –
facial expressions, body language, voice inflection, etc. – but are we
really so jaded that someone has to state before everything they say
"This is just my opinion." or "This is just what I think." immediately
followed up with "Your mileage may vary."?

Why
do we immediately jump to the conclusion that a person, by stating
their opinion, is absolutely trying to change ours and/or force it upon
us? Or that there is some hidden meaning in what they say beyond what
is obviously on the page? Do we really need to insert smiley faces and
other emoticons through entire posts to make it visibly obvious that
there is no hostile intent in our words?

Or
maybe ultimately it's just me? But I tire of repeating myself all the
time. Of course the things I say are just my opinion. Of course they're
just the thoughts of a slave. Of course they're training-based beliefs.
And by all means, if you don't agree, take them with a grain of salt
and move on, just as I do yours. But do we really need to nickel and
dime each other to death over "That's just your opinion."? I mean…
duh.

Anyway… I'm a little bitter lately. Can you tell?

~bitch

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