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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 01:13 PM
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48. It's the echo-chamber hermit's revenge
Far too many people view this place as a sacred refuge from an annoying world where differing opinions are heard. To them, it is a right to quash any rumblings of dissent so their bliss isn't rattled or their opinions questioned, even if it radically skews the discourse in a way that distorts a reasonable representation of consensus.

Many people like the idea of a fairly unfiltered forum (albeit one with a proclaimed progressive population) as a place where one can experience what's really out there in our subculture.

For the Commissars of group-think, such tolerance is calumny.

Unrec is the intellectual equivalent of a sitcom laugh-track: telling you what's important and what's "bad". Instead of letting ideas and opinions rise and fall on their merit or the skill of their proponents to make a case, the door of moral outrage must be slammed loudly to inform others that certain opinions deserve no airing.

Still, it's just another manifestation of abuse of certain controls that have long been present here. The difference is that things like "ignore" only really affect oneself, whereas this function is more of a whackipedic shortcut to marginalizing the cynics and skeptics.

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