(Letter) To Debate or Not To Debate
Maybe it’s the founders’ intent. If this is the case, I don’t want to judge it good or bad.
But who are the audience of this blog? The 20 or 30 so commenters, or the 20,000 or 30,000 unique visitors (see Admin’s monthly stats reports)? I’d say the latter are the true constituency of this blog. Posters and commenters alike want their messages passed on to them.
Therefore, the purpose is not for posters or commenters to convince one other. It’s very unproductive because many commenters are ideological and are not going to change their mind regardless. And even if you succeeded, you only would have convinced one person. That’s still a laudable effort, but that’s not the point.
I always wonder how the Internet can become a revolutionary social change agent. It definitely has that potential if we use it the right way. I’d say the one-person and no-comments ESWN Blog has a more effective format.
But can we have an equally effective but participatory format?
No debates and critiques please. Suggestions and proposals are welcome.
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