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Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 08:03:53 am EST (Viewed 141 times)
Reply Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 04:06:25 am EST (Viewed 123 times)

    I think you're setting up a false dichotomy here. The way you put it, "silencing" is no problem as long as it isn't 100 per cent effective or it doesn't inconvenience you personally.

    Obviously it all depends on what Former SMB Member meant by "silencing". Personally, I think that the way people got flak for the mere fact that they criticized OMD, that they were right from the start maligned as "haters", accused as being "selfish" for liking married Peter Parker, told to "get over it" etc. pretty clearly amounted to an attempt to silence dissent instead of engaging with criticism.

To my recollection it's the discussion element that was the problem. On one hand, you'd have people making blanket statements without any inclination to defend or discuss, resulting ultimately in personal animosity versus actual debate. And the other issue, if I'm remembering right, is that we reached a point where virtually every thread, no matter what it was actually about, would drift into the same angry back-and-forth about "One More Day" and "Brand New Day." And that became exhausting, no matter what side of the debate you happened to fall on.


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