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LeahMira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-04 02:40 PM
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26. A challenge and an opportunity...
I learn exactly what conservatives think and believe, I compare my beliefs to theirs, it encourages me to research their opinions and facts for myself and discover whether they are valid or not.

I have become a more well-rounded, critical thinker because I have not outright rejected views that are uncomfortable to me.

In answer to your final question, I don't think that others always do share your approach.

It is important to listen carefully to right-winger call-ins in order to try to understand where these folks are coming from. At the same time, I am afraid that for other listeners the act of hearing someone else put into words a feeling that they may have had but been afraid to express for fear of social sanctions will now encourage them to put those thoughts and random feelings into words and to act upon them. IOW, right-wing talk radio reinforces and supports concepts and actions that work to disunite and set groups against one another.

I also doubt that right-wingers who might tune in to a liberal radio station would be so open-minded and inquiring as you are.

For that reason, I would hope that liberal radio would not turn into "more of same" but just from the other side of the aisle. I think liberals need to LISTEN more than they talk sometimes, so we can hear the right-wing concerns and then, once we really do understand, offer an alternative that the right-wing can accept... or at least see possibilities with.

I'm not trying to pick on you over words here, because this internet medium does permit misunderstandings, but I also see a problem with researching their opinions and facts to see if they are valid or not. Whether they are valid or not in fact, they are valid to the speaker of those opinions and "facts."

Rather than attempting to "convert" anyone, I think our task is to reframe the opinions and facts somewhat... to say "how can we address your concern on this or that while at the same time accomplishing a goal that we both see as desirable."
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