Sunday, January 29, 2012

Opinions. hmmm

There's the old adage about the things you don't discuss in polite company. The important one is, of course, politics.

A lot of people think that discussing politics is ridiculous. Liberals vote Democratic, Conservatives vote Republican. But I disagree. I was raised by a hard-core Conservative and am now dating a hard-core Conservative (insert father-issue joke here). But I honestly have ideas and am welcome to hear the other side...

Here's the weird part: If I post or expound on anything remotely political or idealistic, I seem to alienate friends/subscribers/et al.

So I'm confused. I thought social media sites - FaceBook, Twitter, et all - would be forums for discussion. Or, at the very least a forum for self-expression. But what I've found is that any personal commentary results in un-follows, unfriendings, or, most disturbingly, angre diatribe.

I wanted social media to be a place where we could learn what other people - not pundits but people - were thinking. Instead, I've found that it's more a forum for people to subscribe to prophets of their own gospel.

From now on, I'll subscribe to Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan, George Will and their brethern.

Because I think I have legitimate ideas. I think my ideas are logical and relevant. But maybe others see things differently. And I'm sorry that people find my comments on Facebook or my Tweets on Twitter too "overtly" political. But this is stuff we need to/should talk about. Not argue about. Does that make sense? I hope so...